Troopers: Drunken man causes wreck with two small children in car

Published: Friday, September 27, 2013 at 11:12 a.m.
Last Modified: Friday, September 27, 2013 at 11:12 a.m.

An Ocala man was arrested Thursday on DUI and child neglect charges after troopers say he caused a wreck on Tower Road while ferrying two small children, one of whom ran into traffic after the wreck.

Michael A. Voyles, 22, was driving south on Tower Road near Southwest 42nd Place at around 4:30 p.m. when, according to the Florida Highway Patrol, he veered into the northbound lane and then back into his lane before striking the car in front of him.

A witness told troopers that soon after the wreck, a small boy ran from the vehicle, and she could see a small girl screaming in the front passenger seat. The witness was able to move the children safely to a bench on the west side of the roadway, where Voyles also went to wait for law enforcement to arrive, FHP reported.

Emergency personnel arrived and tended to the other driver and passenger, who were taken to an area hospital for treatment. Troopers reported that when they spoke with Voyles, he was swaying back and forth and smelled of alcohol. He also was combative and refused to answer any questions, troopers said.

Voyles was asked to perform field sobriety tests but refused, after which he was arrested. The children's mother then arrived at the scene, and the children were released to her.

Voyles was charged with DUI, child neglect and habitually driving with a suspended license. He was booked into the Alachua County jail, where he remained Friday in lieu of $10,000 bond.

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