POLICE: Mercedes S63 Sped By Cop At 60 MPH In 30 MPH Zone
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UPDATE: Saturday, January 16, 2021: We have received the following statement from Dr. Baskin’s attorney, Guy Fronstin: ““We disagree with the Officer’s statements and representations made in his arrest report and look forward to presenting the prosecutor with accurate facts. I am confident that upon presenting the facts, there will be a favorable outcome for Dr. Baskin.”
BOCA RATON, FL (BocaNewsNow.com) — Boca Raton Physician Michael Baskin, MD, was jailed early Friday morning on a DUI charge.
According to a police report reviewed by BocaNewsNow.com, Dr. Baskin sped by an officer sitting in his car in the 800 block of South Federal Highway just after midnight. Baskin, according to the police report, flew by the officer at 60 miles per hour in a 35 mph zone. Baskin was driving a 2017 Mercedes Benz S63.
Wrote Boca Raton Police Officer Javier Casas: “I pulled into the roadway and caught up to the vehicle at the intersection with W. Camino Real. A traffic stop was initiated, and the vehicle stopped at 101 E. Camino Real.”
The narrative continues:
“I approached the vehicle from the driver’s side and I immediately observed that the driver’s eyes were red and glassy. I informed the driver of the reason for the stop and asked him to provide his driver’s license, registration and proof of insurance. The driver was slow to respond and had sluggish movements while searching for the items. He identified himself as Michael Baskin by Florida Drivers’ License.”
Also from the police report:
“While speaking with the driver I observed that his speech was slurred, and he had a strong odor of alcohol emanating from his breath. I also observed a red tint on the driver’s lips consistent with that of someone who had been consuming wine. I asked the driver where he was coming from and he told me he was celebrating a friend’s birthday at their house in Delray Beach. Based on my observations, I believed that Baskin may have been driving a vehicle while under the influence of drugs or alcohol. I asked Baskin to step out of the vehicle for further investigation.”
That’s when the story, according to police report, changed.
“I asked Baskin to remind me of why he was in Delray Beach earlier and he changed his statement and said he was there with friends to shoot a scene for a commercial. I questioned him about the red tint on his lips and he confessed to consuming two glasses of wine. I then requested that Baskin submit to Standardized Field Sobriety Exercises. Baskin agreed to participate.”
Among the sobriety tests: the ‘Walk and Turn.’
“I observed that Baskin missed heel-to-toe 4 times, took the incorrect number of steps, completed an improper turn, fell off the line, and used his arms for balance.”
Also, the ‘one leg stand.’
“Baskin swayed, used his arms for balance, and failed to count aloud during the exercise.”
Then came the ‘Finger to Nose.’
“Baskin stated that he understood. The pattern was Left, Right, Left, Right, Right, Left. Baskin did not raise his finger to his nose once. Instead, Baskin moved his head left and right.”
Baskin was transported to the Palm Beach County Sheriff’s Office DUI Testing Facility where a breath test was conducted, but “prior to collecting a breath sample, it was discovered that Baskin had been hiding a piece of gum in his mouth.” That delayed the procedure.
“Following the second 20-minute observation period, Baskin agreed to provide a breath sample, however, he failed to follow the operator’s instructions and did not meet the volume requirement for a valid sample. It should be noted that the volume not met sample read .167. I informed Baskin of implied consent and he ultimately refused to provide a valid breath sample. He was advised of his constitution warnings, advised he understood, and chose to answer all of my questions. His answers were documented on the DUI influence report.”
Baskin was booked into the Palm Beach County Jail at 3:55 a.m. Friday. He was released on his own recognizance at 9:05 a.m. Baskin is a physician with “Personalized Orthopedics of the Palm Beaches and, according to his bio, serviced as “head of the international spine and pain program” at Mt. Sinai Medical Center in Miami Beach. He lives in Boca Raton.
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