TAMPA — Police say a highly intoxicated 32-year-old man tried to run away from his Mercedes after he lost control of it and ran into a mechanic's lift Wednesday night.
Israel Boone Kendall of 3576 Marlinspike Drive, Tampa, was charged with driving under the influence with property damage and leaving the scene of a crash with property damage.
An arrest report said he lost control of the 2005 Mercedes near the intersection of E Hillsborough and N Nebraska avenues at 10:55 p.m.
Kendall ran into the lift causing an estimated $7,000 to $10,000 in damage, then got out of the car and ran a short way before getting caught, the report states.
Kendall listed his occupation as a staff sergeant with the Air Force at MacDill Air Force Base's Central Command. Police said he had a "strong odor of an alcoholic beverage from his mouth, bloodshot/glassy eyes, extreme slurred speech and was unsteady on his feet," the officer wrote.
He refused to take a field sobriety test, but gave two breath samples that registered 0.266 and 0.269, according to arrest records. The state considers a person with a reading of 0.08 to be legally impaired.
Jail records show this is his second DUI arrest in the past three years.
Kendall was being held at a Hillsborough County jail on Thursday with bail at $750.