Police: Rachel Benarroche Sped 55 mph on 35 mph Palmetto Park Road. Refused Breath Test.
BY: STAFF REPORT | BocaNewsNow.com
BOCA RATON, FL (BocaNewsNow.com) (Copyright © 2021 MetroDesk Media, LLC) — A Boca Raton woman refused a breath test after being stopped while allegedly speeding on Palmetto Park Road. That woman, Rachel Benarroche, allegedly failed field sobriety tests and at one point just walked away.
Benarroche, 39, of Fox Hollow Drive in Boca Raton, is now facing DUI and resisting officer charges.
Here is the narrative from Boca Raton Police Officer Javier Casas who executed the stop:
“On 6/17/2020, at approximately 0020 hours, I was conducting stationary traffic enforcement in the area of 600 W Palmetto Park Rd; I was observing approaching westbound traffic. While conducting my enforcement, I observed a white 2015 Honda Civic traveling at a high rate of speed. I estimated the speed of vehicle to be 55 MPH in a 35 MPH zone. My Dragon Eye laser device provided a reading of 55MPH. I pulled into the roadway and positioned my unmarked BRPD vehicle behind the speeding vehicle. While catching up to the vehicle, I observed the vehicle begin to drive over the white fog line on the outside of the roadway and almost drive onto the grass. I initiated a traffic stop on the vehicle in the area of 800 W Palmetto Park Rd and the vehicle came to a final stop in the area of 1000 W Palmetto Park Rd. I then observed the vehicles turn signals begin to activate, alternating left and right, as if the driver was fumbling with the controls after having stopped the vehicle.”
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 her to provide her driver`s license, registration, and proof of insurance. The driver was slow to respond to my request and appeared to have slurred speech while speaking to me. I could also smell a strong odor of an unknown alcoholic beverage emanating from the driver`s breath when she spoke. The driver produced a FL DL and was identified as Rachel Benarroche. The driver failed to provide proof of insurance despite being reminded several times. I asked Benarroche if she consumed any alcoholic beverages prior to driving and she confessed to drinking 2 glasses of wine in downtown Delray Beach. Based on my observations and Benarroche`s statements, I asked her to step out of the vehicle and requested that she submit to Standardized Field Sobriety Exercises. Benarroche agreed to participate.”
“The first exercise was Horizontal Gaze Nystagmus. I administered the instructions and Benarroche stated that she understood. I observed that Benarroche was swaying in a circular motion while the exercise was being conducted and she even fell out of position due to her lack of balance. Benarroche needed to be reminded to not move her head several times during the exercise and also stopped following the stimulus on several occasions. The second exercise was the Walk and Turn. I administered the instructions and demonstrated how the exercise should be completed. Benarroche stated that she understood. It should be noted that Benarroche broke the starting position while the instructions were being administered and she also began the exercise before being instructed to do so. During this time, Benarroche also became uncooperative, started doing as she pleased, and was not following any of the directions given to her. I took this time to inform Benarroche of her Taylor Warnings and she stated she understood. I then proceeded with the exercise. While completing the exercise, Benarroche missed heel-to-toe on every step, stepped off the line, used her arms for balance, completed an improper turn, and took an incorrect number of steps. The third exercise was the One-Leg Stand. I administered the instructions and demonstrated how it should be completed. Benarroche stated she understood. Benarroche swayed, used her arms for balance, put her foot down several times, and failed to count aloud during the exercise.”
[Benarrhoce then, according to the report, had issues with a fourth test].
“Benarroche then began to walk away from me towards her vehicle. Based on the totality of the circumstances, I found probable cause to believé that Benarroche was operating a vehicle within the state while impaired by alcohol and or chemical or controlled substances. She was placed her under arrest for DUI per F.S.S 316.193 (1). Benarroche was transported to BRPD booking for post arrest process and the administration of a breath test. Benarroche was asked to provide a sample of her breath from her for the purpose of determining the alcohol content and she refused to submit. I informed Benarroche of implied consent and she advised she understood. Benarroche then refused to provide a breath sample for a second time. I then informed Benarroche of her constitutional warnings (Miranda) and she advised she understood. Benarroche refused to speak without an attorney present. Benarroche is additionally being charged with re: 318.14 (3) after she willfully refused to accept and sign her DUI citation and rough ing to sign a summons per F.S.S. arrest form.”
Rachel Benarroche was booked into the Palm Beach County Jail at 3:48 Thursday morning. She was released on her own recognizance at 9:20 a.m. A court date is pending.
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