COLLIER COUNTY, Fla.- Collier County Sheriff's deputies arrested Gabriel Soltura, 19, for DUI Thursday, after he crashed his car and escaped the vehicle only with the help of bystanders.
The person who called 911 said the vehicle had hit a utility pole and rolled over. A deputy arrived on the scene and found a black, four-door Audi tangled in the trees on Ridge Dr. The vehicle was on its side and had a small hole in the windshield, according to the report. The deputy concluded the only way out of the vehicle would have been through the hole in the window.
A student ID, belonging to the suspect, was found near the broken windshield. One bystander said he helped the driver out of the car and directed the deputy to Soltura, who was nearby, talking to a group who apparently helped him out of the vehicle.
The witnesses each told the deputy separately that they had been across the street when the crash happened. They heard Soltura yelling for help and ran to his aid. They said they saw him inside the vehicle, but couldn't get to him, since the doors and windows were inoperable. The window was already cracked from the crash, so the witnesses and Soltura kicked a hole in the glass for him to exit out of.
After helping him out, the witnesses said they made sure no one else was in the vehicle and walked to the street, just before CCSO arrived on the scene.
When the deputy spoke with Soltura however, he reportedly told them, "There's no way I could have 'droven' that car." He was asked to show deputies his chest, which then revealed a seat belt mark consistent with having been the driver. He then said he was coming from "down the road," but was "not impaired enough" to have crashed the vehicle. As they spoke, the deputy noticed Soltura smelled of alcohol, had glassy eyes and was slurring his words.
Soltura failed sobriety tests, but before being arrested, was take by ambulance to the hospital for medical clearance.
Before leaving the scene, however, the deputies allegedly found a black backpack containing drug paraphernalia with marijuana residue inside, and prescription pills. Soltura told deputies the backpack was his, but said he did not have a prescription for any narcotics.
At that time, nurse staff on the scene told deputies Soltura had a BAC of .118, also according to the report.
Soltura faces charges of DUI, DUI Property Damage, Possession of a Controlled Synthetic, and Possession of Drug Paraphernalia. The damage is estimated at more than $30,000.