A Lakeland man was charged with his fifth DUI over the weekend after he allegedly crashed his pickup truck into a fence. (Via Polk County Sheriff’s Office)
LAKELAND, FL — A Lakeland man was charged with his fifth DUI over the weekend after he allegedly crashed his pickup truck into a fence and attempted to drive away. In addition to DUI, Andres Alvarez was also charged with not having a valid driver’s license and placed on an immigration hold.
The incident happened around 2:47 a.m. Sunday at Ariana Street and Wabash Avenue, according to the Polk County Sheriff’s Office. Deputies also served Alvarez with an outstanding warrant out of Osceola County for failure to appear in connection with a charge of driving with a suspended or revoked license.
"A deputy witnessed 45-year-old Andres Alvarez of Lakeland trying to leave the scene of the crash in a green Ford F-150 pickup truck," said a spokesperson for the sheriff’s office. "When stopped, Alvarez displayed signs of being intoxicated and his breath smelled of alcohol."
The sheriff’s office said Alvarez was swaying back and forth while holding onto the hood of his vehicle and failed a sobriety test.
"He did not have a valid driver’s license and they determined he was never issued one," said the spokesperson. "He provided a Mexican ID card to deputies at the scene."
Polk County Sheriff Grady Judd said his agency notified federal immigration officials.
"They’ve confirmed he’s here illegally and they have placed a hold on him. He is currently being held in the Polk County Jail on no bond," said the spokesperson. "Mr. Alvarez continues to flagrantly violate our laws and endanger the public. It’s a miracle that he hasn’t killed or hurt anyone because of his drunk driving that we know of."
Alvarez’ other DUI arrests include one on Christmas Day in Georgia back in 1996, another in 1999 and two more in Florida — one in 2001 and 2016.