Amanda Uys

COVID-19: DUI Arrests Surge As Phase 3 Begins, Boca, Delray, Boynton Bars Reopen

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BOCA RATON, FL ( — Police in Boca Raton, Delray Beach, and Boynton Beach this weekend have been executing what appears to be the largest number of DUI arrests since COVID-19 restrictions began. Those restrictions brought the closures of all stand-alone bars. But Florida Governor Ron DeSantis’ sudden and unexpected order that all of Florida move to Phase 3 on Friday brought with it open bars and apparently drunk drivers.

While records are still being processed Sunday morning, the Palm Beach County Jail already reports at least 10 DUI arrests in Boca Raton, Delray Beach and Boynton Beach on Friday and Saturday. We believe that to be a record since COVID-19 restrictions were instituted.

Among the arrests: Nicole Urban of San Clara Drive in Delray Beach. She was booked into jail early Saturday morning and released later on her own recognizance.

Nicole Urban
Nicole Urban, Courtesy Palm Beach County Jail.

Amanda Uys of the 1300 block of Crystal Way in Delray Beach. She was arrested by Jupiter Police and booked into the Palm Beach County Jail early Sunday morning. She remained in jail at mid-morning Sunday.

Amanda Uys
Amanda Uys, Courtesy Palm Beach County Jail.

Daniel Pappas of the 2700 block of SW 2nd Street in Delray Beach. He was booked into the Palm Beach County just after midnight Sunday morning by FHP. He was released on his own recognizance at 6:35 a.m.

Daniel Pappas
Daniel Pappas, Courtesy Palm Beach County Jail.

Dominic Farace of Crescendo Circle in Boca Raton. She was charged with DUI early Saturday by PBSO. She was jailed and later released on her own recognizance.

Dominic Farace
Dominic Farace, Courtesy Palm Beach County Jail.

Alicia Chaves of the 2600 block of Garden Drive in Lake Worth. She was arrested by Boca Raton Police Saturday morning and later released on her own recognizance.

Alicia Chaves
Alicia Chaves, Courtesy Palm Beach County Jail.

Health experts have repeated expressed concern of open bars serving as a transmission point for COVID-19 as patron drinks, remain maskless, and lose the ability the process the consequences of their actions.

We remind our readers that arrests are merely allegations. Guilt or innocence is determined in a court of law.


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