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POLICE: Delray Man Gave Teen Girl Merlot, Beer While Driving Recklessly

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Claimed Reckless Driving Was Result Of Car Issues, Need To Use Bathroom.

Brandon Bravo, Courtesy Palm Beach County Jail.

BY: STAFF REPORT | BocaNewsNow.com

DELRAY BEACH, FL (BocaNewsNow.com) (Copyright © 2021 MetroDesk Media, LLC) — A Delray Beach man is facing multiple charges after allegedly providing an 18 year old girl — in his car — with merlot and beer. The man was stopped for reckless driving on Southwest 4th Avenue and claimed his reckless driving was the result of his need to go to the bathroom.

Brandon Bravo, 26, allegedly provided the alcohol to a 16 year old girl. The girl later told police that his erratic driving was meant to impress her.

Bravo is charged with DUI, reckless driving, and providing alcohol to someone under 21. His blood alcohol, according to police, was recorded as .126 and .137. The legal limit in Florida is .08.

Here is the narrative of the police report from Delray Beach Police:

“The following occurred in the City of Delray Beach, County of Palm Beach, FL. On 05/06/21 at 2328hrs I was in my marked DBPD patrol vehicle in the parking lot of the Delray Beach Police Department (300 W. Alantic Ave. Detray Beach, FL 33444) approaching SW 4th Ave. I observed a black 2008 Honda Civic traveling southbound on SW 4th Ave. just south of W. Atlantic Ave. There were several vehicles in front of the Honda traveling slowly southbound on SW 4th Ave. The Honda’s engine revved loudly with it’s front tires spinning. The Honda drove around the vehicles traveling southbound while accelerating rapidly (estimated 45mph). I followed southbound and got behind the Honda when an approaching vehicle traveling northbound forced the Honda to slow down and drive on the right side of the roadway.”

“The Honda almost rear ended a southbound vehicle and had to brake heavily to avoid a crash. Once the approaching northbound vehicle was clear of the Honda, the Honda’s engine again revved loudly while spinning its front tires. The Honda passed the slower vehicle rapidly. I activated my emergency lights and siren of my DBPD patrol vehicle to conduct a traffic stop. The Honda abruptly left the roadway and stopped sideways in the driveway of 150 SW 4th Ave. After the Honda came to rest, the white male driver immediately opened the driver door and attempted to ext the Honda. I gave loud and clear commands to the driver to remain in the Honda. The driver ignored my commands and started to walk toward the front door of the house on the property. I gave commands for the driver to stop and put his hands up.”

“After I gave several commands to stop, the driver stopped and put his hands up. The driver stated he lived at the residence and stated he had to go to the bathroom. Eleven Sot. Grammar DBPD arrived on scene, the driver was detained and placed in handcuffs due to fight risk and initially not complying with clear commands. I identified the driver by his FL DL as Brandon Moises Bravo. There was a female passenger inside the Honda that remained inside the Honda until officers gave her commands to exit Bravo was sitting in the driver seat of the Honda when the vehicle came to rest. I witnessed the Honda in motion with the engine running. Bravo was in possession of the Honda’s key. There was heavy motor vehicle traffic on the roadway and moderate foot traffic in the area. Bravo’s driving was reckless and he disregarded the safety of public and other motorists. The female passenger is 18YOA and Bravo provided her with wine inside the Honda.”

“OBSERVATION OF DRIVER: Bravo seemed disoriented and did not comply with verbal commands. I smelled an odor of an unknown alcoholic beverage coming from Bravo. El Bravo’s eyes were red and had a glassy appearance, Bravo’s pupils had little change in size when exposed to changes in light. Bravo did not know what city he was currently in stating he though he was in “Broward”. During search incident to arrest, I located a Miller High Life 32oz beer can on the rear seat with a little amount of brown liquid inside. The can was cool to the touch. I also located a 750ml bottle of Merlot 13.5% alcohol just behind the center console. The wine bottle was opened with red liquid inside. There were two clear glasses with the same red liquid inside next to the wine bottle the glasses and wine bottle were cool to the touch. There was also an empty Heineken beer bottle on the ground just outside the Honda’s driver door. I emptied the open containers of alcohol in front of my in-car dash cam.”

“Post Miranda, Bravo stated he picked up the female passenger in Hollywood, FL. and went to a restaurant Bravo stated he consumed one margarita, one “Miler beer and wine 45 minutes prior to driving. Bravo staled he thought he was in Broward. Bravo stated his tires were spinning because he has a malfunctioning clutch in the Honda. I asked why he did not slow down and Bravo stated if he slowed down, the engine would shut off. The female passenger stated Bravo spun the Honda’s tires to impress her. Bravo stated he passed the other vehicles because they were going too slow, I asked Bravo what the speed limit was and he replied 35mph. I asked why he accelerated faster than 35mph and he replied because his clutch was malfunctioning. I asked Bravo when did he know his clutch wes malfunctioning and he replied a few days ago. Bravo stated he drove the Honda tonight knowing it had a mechanical problem. The female passenger stated she and Bravo were drinking wine inside the Honda while Bravo was driving. Bravo denied consuming alcohol inside the Honda. Bravo denied having any medical conditions, taking any prescription medications or consuming any illegal drugs.”

Bravo was booked into the Palm Beach County early Sunday and later released on his own recognizance. A court date is pending.

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