A Ruskin man is facing DUI charges after authorities say he struck a St. Petersburg pedestrian and fled the scene while driving drunk.
St. Petersburg Police report that the 25-year-old man was driving his 2014 Jeep Wrangler northbound on 3rd Street North late in the evening of December 15 when two individuals crossed 1st Avenue North in a marked crosswalk.
As fate would have it, the Ruskin man turned west onto 1st Avenue North and, according to police, struck both pedestrians in the crosswalk, injuring both. Police say the Ruskin man opted not to stop to survey the damage, choosing to proceed away from the scene. Officers caught up with him several blocks away.
Reports gave no indication as to how the determination was made, but the officers arrested the Ruskin man on suspicion of drunk driving. Meanwhile, an EMS unit responded to the scene of the incident, transporting both victims to Bayfront Health-St. Petersburg. Police say the female was injured only slightly, but her male companion was not so fortunate, sustaining what are reported to be life-threatening injuries.
The Ruskin man was booked into the Pinellas County Jail on one count of DUI with serious bodily injury and one count of leaving the scene of a crash involving injury. He was released just after noon the following day after posting a bond of $30,000.
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