David Schnegelberger Charged With DUI After I-95 Crash.
BY: STAFF REPORT | BocaNewsNow.com
BOCA RATON, FL (BocaNewsNow.com) (Copyright © 2022 MetroDesk Media, LLC) — Boca Raton resident David Schnegelberger is facing a DUI charge after he allegedly gave a Florida Highway Patrol Trooper his Jetblue Mastercard when the Trooper asked for his license. Schnegelberger, according to a witness, had just crashed his vehicle into the median on the Congress Avenue off-ramp from I-95.
The following excerpts from the arrest report explain what FHP claims took place:
On 9/11/2022 at approximately 2:42PM I was dispatched to a reported single vehicle collision in the area of the Interstate 95 southbound exit ramp to Congress Avenue. Upon my arrival I observed a black Ford Escape at a complete stop facing southeast direction on the entrance ramp outside shoulder to Congress Avenue. As I arrived on scene, I observed a white male leaning against the inside shoulder concrete wall. I spoke to Captain Jeff Lazzeri of the Boca Raton Fire Department Engine 4, who advised me that as Engine 4 arrived on scene, they saw an independent witness female standing next to the vehicle. She stated she (witnessed) the black Ford Escape collide with the median and then travel from the westbound lanes onto the eastbound lanes (before) coming to a complete stop at the southbound entrance ramp to Congress Avenue. The driver was identified by his Florida driver’s license as David S. Schnegelberger.
I then questioned Mr. Schnegelberger and asked him for his driver’s license as he attempt to retrieve it from his vehicle. He tried using his vehicle to balance, Mr. Schnegelberger fumbled through his driver’s license and handed me his Bank of America Debit Card. The second time I asked Mr. Schnegelberger for his driver license, he handed me his Jet Blue Master Card. After the third time, he then gave me his actual driver’s license. I smelled the strong odor of an unknown alcoholic beverage coming from Mr. Schnegelberger breath as he spoke. I also observed that his eyes were red and glassy. The key fob was later discovered inside the vehicle.
After completion of my crash investigation, I informed Mr. Schnegelberger that the crash investigation had ended and I was beginning a criminal investigation for driving under the influence (DUI). I read him his Miranda Rights from a Florida Highway Patrol Miranda Warning printout. He stated that he understood his rights and refuse to speak with me unless his lawyer was present. Mr Schnegelberger was asked if he was willing to perform voluntary field sobriety roadside exercises and he refused to perform the exercises. Mr. Schnegelberger was then advised of his Taylor Warning and advised him that his refusal to do the exercises could be used against him and that I would have to make a decision based upon my observations. He still refused to perform the exercises. Based upon the above information and the totality of the circumstances I determined that there was probable cause to believe that David S Schnegelberger committed the offense of driving under the influence by being in actual physical control/operating a motor vehicle while under the influence of alcoholic beverages, any chemical substance per Florida State Statute 877.111, or any controlled substance per Chapter 893, while their normal faculties were impaired. He was placed under arrest for the above offense and handcuffed behind his back. As I walked Mr. Schnegelberger to my patrol vehicle, he almost fell several times.
Schnegelberger allegedly refused to submit to a blood or breath alcohol test. He was charged with DUI, booked into the Palm Beach County Jail, and released on his own recognizance several hours later. He’ll be in court later this year. Schnegelberger, 57, lives in the 17000 block of Lake Park Road in Boca Raton.
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