Tallahassee, FL - Erlin Ramos, 32, has been convicted of DUI causing serious bodily injury, DUI causing property damage, and with operating a vehicle without a valid license as a result of a traffic collision that occurred on New Years Day in 2011.
The investigation and evidence presented at trial showed that Ramos was driving westbound on Apalachee Parkway at Paul Russell Road at approximately 6pm when he ran a red light and collided with a vehicle leaving the Target Department Store. The collision resulted in the other driver receiving numerous injuries including a broken clavicle and wrist, lost teeth, lacerations that required stitches and a blood clot in her leg. She testified that she still suffers from the effects of these injuries. Several motorists stopped and rendered assistance and one was able to provide crucial information putting Mr. Ramos behind the wheel at the time of the collision. Mr. Ramos also later admitted to driving the vehicle upon his arrival at the hospital. His blood alcohol concentration was .250 and .252 g/100ml blood, which is over three times the legal limit.
The case was prosecuted by the Leon County DUI Special Prosecutor. This position is a fully funded grant position designed specifically to target impaired drivers in Leon County. In addition to prosecuting serious DUI cases such as this, the Special Prosecutor conducts training for prosecutors and law enforcement, serves as a resource for law enforcement in Leon County and all prosecutors in the Second Judicial Circuit and participates in several local groups such as the DUI Strikeforce and the MADD Advisory Board. “We are very pleased and proud to announce that our grant has been renewed for a third year” says State Attorney Willie Meggs. “We are thankful to be able to supplement our prosecution efforts with a position fully dedicated to fight impaired driving and to make Tallahassee a safer place to drive.”
This case is a perfect example of citizens working with law enforcement and the Office of the State Attorney to make Tallahassee a safer place. Sentencing is set on October 22, 2012.