Four Injured After DUI Driver Crashes into Orlando Bar

December 22, 2022 Criminal Defense, Drunk Driving/DUI

Not only does driving under the influence have serious consequences for the person driving, but also for anyone who becomes a victim of a DUI crash. A recent case in Florida displays what charges can come with driving under the influence of alcohol or other controlled substances.

This page will provide the incident’s details along with giving information on the various DUI charges in Florida.

What was the Incident?

Orlando Police Department (OPD) arrested Jackson Click, 45, after he drove into the side of a local bar in Ivanhoe Village on December 17th, 2022. According to the report, Click’s blood alcohol level was nearly four times the state’s legal limit.

Police responded to the call around 6 pm on Saturday night, where they found a Dodge Ram truck “partially inside” Hideaway Bar on Virginia Drive. Four people were injured in the wreck, none with life-threatening injuries.

The four victims were transported to AdventHealth Orlando, where one victim had a “serious laceration on her face which would require stitches and cause permanent scarring.”

OPD released a photo of the crash, showing the truck crashed through the fence and into the patio area before colliding with the building’s wall. After police arrested Click and took him to the Orange County DUI center, his records indicated that his BAC tests were 0.315 and 0.324—which is several times higher than Florida’s legal limit of 0.08.

The report also claimed that Click had glassy and red eyes, and that he was in a “depressed mood” after the police arrived. Click was allegedly rambling, repeating questions, and calling himself stupid for the crash.

“This was the stupidest decision that I ever made,” Click said. Later in the DUI testing room Click allegedly said, “I can’t drink, I got swept up with it.”

Hideaway received immense support from locals, which they thanked on their Facebook page. The following is a statement from the bar:

“We did suffer a terrible blow to our home, but it is only bricks. Nothing matters more to us than our patrons and their safety. We are terribly sad that people have been hurt. They are in our hearts and mind tonight as we try to piece things back together. We ask that you keep them close in your hearts as well. We will not be opening today. But as most of you know, nothing keeps The Hideaway down.”

Click has been charged with a DUI causing serious bodily injury. He was booked in the Orange County Jail and was released on a $5,000 bail bond on Monday afternoon.

DUI Charges in Florida

Florida Statute section 316.193 covers driving under the influence (DUI). The state of Florida is known to harshly prosecute against individuals who have been charged with driving under the influence. DUI convictions can lead to expensive fines, lengthy prison sentences, car impoundment, and potentially losing your license. Driving under the influence of alcoholic beverages, controlled substances, or chemical substances is against the law due to the impairment of a person’s normal faculties.

The legal limit of a person’s BAC (blood or breath-alcohol content) is 0.08%. This means that any person who has a BAC level higher than 0.08 can be charged with a DUI in Florida. During a traffic stop, a police officer may ask that the driver submit to a field sobriety test.

DUI Penalty Enhancement

A person accused of a DUI can face enhanced penalties if the offense happens with a minor in the vehicle, or if the driver’s BAC level is registered at .15% or higher. If the driver blows more than a .15% BAC level, it may result in the placement of an ignition interlock device on the vehicle for up to six months.

A first DUI conviction can result in a fine between $500 and $1,000 and up to six months of imprisonment. If the driver’s BAC level was .15 or higher, or if there was a minor in the vehicle, the fines may be enhanced between $1,000 and $2,000 and up to nine months of imprisonment.

A second DUI conviction can result in a fine between $1,000 and $2,000 and up to nine months of imprisonment. If the driver’s BAC level was .15 or higher, or if there was a minor in the vehicle, the fines may be enhanced between $2,000 and $4,000 and up to 12 months of imprisonment.

A third DUI conviction that happens over 10 years after the second offense can result in a fine between $2,000 and $5,000 and up to 12 months of imprisonment. If the third conviction takes place within 10 years from the second DUI conviction, the driver may face a mandatory imprisonment of 30 days, with at least 48 hours of consecutive confinement.

A fourth or subsequent DUI conviction can result in a fine of at least $2,000. If the driver’s BAC level was .15% or higher, then a fine of no less than $4,000. A fourth or subsequent DUI charge may result in up to five years of imprisonment as provided under Florida Statute section 775.084.

Felony DUI in Florida

In Florida, there are several circumstances in which a DUI offense may be charged as a felony. The following is a list of events that could result in a DUI felony charge:

  • The defendant was charged with three DUIs within the last 10 years;
  • The defendant was charged with a fourth DUI in their lifetime;
  • The defendant caused serious bodily injury, disfigurement, or serious organ injury while in the commission of the DUI; and/or
  • The defendant caused the death of another person or unborn child in the commission of the DUI.

To find out about possible defenses to a DUI charge, find our informative page here. Any person who is charged with a DUI should seek out the legal guidance of a skilled defense attorney in Florida.

Finding a Defense Attorney in Tallahassee, Florida

Getting arrested for a DUI in Florida is a very serious offense. Depending on how many past convictions a person has, or if there were any injuries caused from the DUI, the accused person could face harsh consequences. The best way to protect yourself if you or a loved one have been charged with a DUI is to work with a skilled defense attorney in your area.

Don Pumphrey and his team at Pumphrey Law Firm have years of experience representing clients accused of driving under the influence in Florida. Our team of attorneys will work with you to strategize a strong defense for your case. Contact us for a free consultation today at (850) 681-7777 or leave us an online message on our website.

Written by Karissa Key

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