Officers: Two area traffic crashes could be DUI-related

This Alachua County Sheriff's Office patrol car was being driven by Deputy Matthew Bugg when it was crushed in a head-on collision with suspects accused of fleeing from a previous crash in October 2011. (Alachua County Sheriff's Office)

Published: Wednesday, January 4, 2012 at 2:55 p.m.
Last Modified: Wednesday, January 4, 2012 at 2:55 p.m.

The State Attorney's Office is reviewing two October 2011 traffic crashes because lab results show some of the drivers involved had blood alcohol levels more than twice the legal limit.

In one case, the suspected drunk driver is accused of causing a crash that left an Alachua County sheriff's deputy with critical injuries. In the other case, a young woman suspected of driving drunk was seriously injured during a midday crash on Waldo Road.

According to the Gainesville Police Department, at the end of October, Deputy Matthew Bugg was on his way to a crash scene on Southwest Williston Road when his patrol car was hit head-on by a Cadillac Escalade being driven by Hector Torres-Ceron, 26.

Police spokeswoman Cpl. Angelina Valuri said state laboratory test results have been returned to the department that show Torres-Ceron had a blood alcohol content of .189.

Under Florida law, drivers are presumed to be drunk when their blood alcohol content reaches .08. Valuri said investigators are awaiting drug test results from the same driver.

The other case involves Toni Kristen Kirby, 22. Police said she was seriously injured in early October when the 2001 Lincoln she was driving rear-ended a 2007 Toyota and then came to a stop after hitting a tree.

Valuri said the state lab determined Kirby's blood alcohol content was .229, nearly three times the legal limit.

Officers dispatched to the scene said they found an open bottle of Absolut brand vodka that was about half-empty on the front seat of Kirby's car.

State Attorney Bill Cervone said his office is reviewing both cases to determine how to proceed with charges against both drivers.

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