Convicted drunken driver without license arrested in Tampa

TAMPA — A Jacksonville man convicted about five years ago of DUI manslaughter was arrested near Ybor City early Sunday after being stopped for not wearing his seat belt, according to records.

Aaron Jerome Burney, 27, was driving a 1996 Chevrolet Impala near N 15th Street and E Sixth Avenue when police pulled him over, the arrest affidavit said. Police discovered Burney's Florida driver's license "was very bad," according to the affidavit.

The Florida Times-Union reported that Burney was driving while intoxicated in 2006 and crashed on Interstate 95 in Jacksonville. One of his passengers was ejected from the vehicle and died. Another was injured.

Less than two months later, Burney was arrested again after driving away from his court hearing with his license suspended, according to the news reports.

Duval County court records show Burney pleaded guilty to DUI manslaughter and in 2007 was sentenced to two years in state prison and five years of probation. The sentencing included a permanent suspension of his driver's license.

On Sunday, Burney was charged with driving with a revoked license and violating probation. He was being held without bail in the Hillsborough County Jail.

Convicted drunken driver without license arrested in Tampa 06/26/11 [Last modified: Sunday, June 26, 2011 4:48pm]

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