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BY: STAFF REPORT | BocaNewsNow.com
BOCA RATON, FL (BocaNewsNow.com) (Copyright © 2021 MetroDesk Media, LLC) — A Delray Beach man was jailed on a DUI charge after police say he crashed his car into the median on the exit ramp to Congress Avenue from I-95 early Sunday morning.
Louis Kuhn of Corinthia Terrace in the West Delray Beach community of Saturnia Isles was jailed on a DUI charge.
Both Boca Raton Police and Florida Highway Patrol responded to the scene just after 3 a.m. This is what one of the FHP Troopers wrote in the official report:
“The driver of the vehicle was identified by his Florida driver license as Louis Anthony Kuhn. I observed Mr. Kuhn to have an obvious orbital sway as I approached him during the crash investigation. Upon approaching him I could start to begin to smell an obvious odor of an unknown alcoholic beverage. Mr. Kuhn had red and glossy eyes with a flushed face. When I questioned Mr. Kuhn about the crash, Mr. Kuhn had a slight slur to his speech from him and a slow cadence. Mr. Kuhn had a carefree and lackadaisical attitude toward the crash investigation. Mr. Kuhn had a strong odor of an unknown alcoholic beverage omitting from his breath of him when he spoke. I had to repeat several questions when conducting the crash investigation due to Mr. Kuhn forgetting to respond or him forgetting that he already asked a question.”
“Mr. Kuhn’s crash was severe enough to completely break the control arm of the left front tire. Mr. Kuhn vehicle was the only vehicle involved in the crash. Mr. Kuhn failed to make a safe and complete right turn from southbound Interstate to Congress Ave. Mr. Kuhn’s vehicle collided with the center median curb. Mr. Kuhn’s vehicle traveled through and over the curb and into the eastbound travel lanes. Mr. Kuhn then maneuvered the vehicle to the right just before it would have collided with the outside concrete barrier. Mr. Kuhn’s vehicle then traveled up onto the eastbound travel lanes and in contact with the center median curb.”
Also wrote the FHP Trooper:
“I asked Mr. Kuhn if he understood what a DUl investigation was. Mr. Kuhn stated he did know what a DUI investigation is and that he understood I was doing one. I notified Mr. Kuhn that I was conducting a DUI investigation due to the smell of an unknown alcoholic beverage omitting from his breath, red glossy eyes, flushed face, and manner of crash. Mr. Kuhn stated that he understood the indicators. I read Mr. Kuhn his Miranda right on Kuhn if he was driving his vehicle. Mr. Kuhn stated he was driving the vehicle from Atlantic Ave to his home and then crashed his car. I asked Mr. Kuhn if he had any occupants in the vehicle during the time of the crash. Mr. Kuhn stated he was the only person in the car. I asked Mr. Kuhn if he had any alcoholic beverages prior to the crash. Mr. Kuhn stated he had 1 tequila shot at approximately 5pm. I asked Mr. Kuhn if he would like to perform voluntary Field Sobriety Exercises (SFST). Mr. Kuhn asked what would happen if he refused. I explained to Mr. Kuhn that the SFST were an opportunity to demonstrate his level of sobriety from him to me and denying himself the opportunity would force me to base an arrest off the indicators that I listed for him that I observed. Mr. Kuhn agreed to do SFST.”
According to police Kuhn had difficulties completing several aspects of the field sobriety test, then provided breath samples allegedly revealing breath alcohol content of .129 and .135. The legal limit in Florida is .08.
Kuhn was transported to the Palm Beach County Jail where he was ultimately booked at 8:24 a.m. He was released several hours later on his own recognizance. A court date is pending.
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