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Tampa police charge MacDill sergeant with DUI after collision

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.

Editor's note: An earlier version of this story overstated Kendall's prior DUI arrest history.

Tampa police charge MacDill sergeant with DUI after collision 12/24/09 [Last modified: Tuesday, March 23, 2010 4:46pm]
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