GPD: Braddy not accused of fleeing DUI crash scene
Published: Tuesday, January 31, 2006 at 6:01 a.m.
Last Modified: Tuesday, January 31, 2006 at 12:00 a.m.
Though Gainesville City Commissioner Ed Braddy drove several blocks before stopping after an alleged drunken-driving accident last week, he is not being accused of trying to flee the scene, Gainesville Police said Monday.
Braddy was arrested and charged with driving under the influence and causing damage to property and improperly changing lanes Wednesday after his van sideswiped another van at the intersection of NW 6th Street and NW 11th Avenue. Responding officers measured his blood-alcohol level at 0.184, more than twice the legal limit, according to the police report.
After the accident, Braddy continued to drive north, apparently because he did not realize he had been in an accident, Gainesville Police spokesman Sgt. Keith Kameg said Monday. Each van sustained about $300 worth of damage from the accident, according to the police report. "There was no intent to evade law enforcement at all," Kameg said.
The Rev. Timothy Keyes, who was driving the other van, said he didn't think Braddy was intentionally trying to leave the scene. Keyes followed Braddy for about a half-mile, honking his horn and flashing his lights, before Braddy pulled over to the side of NW 16th Avenue.
"It was pretty evident from his conversation with me (after Braddy and Keyes got out of their vans) that he didn't realize anything had happened," Keyes said.
"Our investigators spoke with all parties, they felt that Commissioner Braddy didn't realize he had been in an accident," he said.
Keyes said he wanted to know why the police report on the incident, which he saw for the first time Monday, did not include statements about the distance the two vans traveled after the accident. He said he was waiting to hear back from GPD officers and would ask them to include the information in the report.
In a statement issued through his attorney last week, Braddy took responsibility for his actions and said he would accept whatever punishment was handed down in court. Braddy entered an alcohol abuse treatment program the day after the accident.
Jeff Adelson can be reached at 352-374-5095 or email@example.com
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