LEHIGH ACRES, Fla.- A man who was allegedly driving drunk when he crashed into a Lehigh Acres home Saturday morning is out of the hospital, but not in jail.
The Lee County Sheriff's Office says Paul Williams had a blood alcohol level of twice the legal limit when his car crashed into Richard Abrams home.
Williams and his wife both went to the hospital with head injuries from the crash. Williams was issued a notice to appear on several DUI charges, but he was not physically taken into custody. Abrams wants to know why.
"It's a danger to the community for him to be out there. He's out there wondering around, looking for his next vehicle," he says.
The Sheriff's Office tells WINK News, deputies didn't physically arrest Williams because if they did, taxpayers would have footed his hospital bill, and paid to have a deputy standby until Williams was discharged.
The Sheriff's Office says the notice to appear is just as good as an arrest, and Williams is scheduled in court on July 15.
He allegedly left his wife trapped inside the car after the crash, before returning to the scene.
Abrams' wall is boarded up now, but the front of his home has significant damage. His property manager took care of it but they are hoping Williams has insurance that will help cover the cost.
Abrams just wants someone held responsible. "Lord gives me something to do I reckon, I wish it was something easier," he said.