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Florida cop had 10 accidents before DUI charge for hitting two girls in shopping cart

By Arturo Garcia
Wednesday, April 9, 2014 19:13 EDT
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Off-duty Florida cop hits two girls in shopping cart [WFOR-TV]
 
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A Florida police officer arrested and charged with driving under the influence has been involved in more than 10 accidents and cited for alcohol-related offenses while on duty during his career, WFOR-TV reported on Wednesday.

Records show that 41-year-old Officer Ryan Robinson of the Miami-Dade Police Department was involved in 10 accidents between 2004 and 2007 and in another accident in 2013. In July 2013, he was relieved of duty for buying alcohol while riding in a marked police vehicle. He was off-duty at the time.

Robinson was also off-duty this past Saturday, when his pick-up allegedly ran into a parked vehicle belonging to Manny Garcia. But after Garcia asked him to back up, Robinson allegedly drove forward by mistake, hitting the shopping cart in which Garcia’s two young daughters, Meah and Geah (pictured above), were riding while backing away from Garcia’s car. The shopping cart fell to the floor, sending the girls spilling out. Neither child was seriously injured.

“It was crazy. I couldn’t believe it,” Manny Garcia told WFOR. “The people that are supposed to protect us and help us are the people hurting us.”

The witness also captured footage on his cell phone of Robinson submitting to a field sobriety test for fellow officers.

“When he [got] out of the pick-up truck, he wobbles [then] falls on the floor,” Garcia said of Robinson. “I could smell the alcohol on him.”

Miami New Times reported that Robinson was arrested after the sobriety test and refused to take a breathalyzer test. He was charged with five criminal counts related to driving under the influence.

Watch WFOR’s report, as aired on Wednesday, below.

Arturo Garcia
Arturo Garcia
Arturo R. García is the managing editor at Racialicious.com. He is based in San Diego, California and has written for both print and broadcast media, including contributions to GlobalComment.com, The Root and Comment Is Free. Follow him on Twitter at @ABoyNamedArt
 
 
 
 
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