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Valrico man accused of DUI in crash at St. Pete Beach hotel

ST. PETE BEACH — Police say a Valrico man driving under the influence of alcohol crashed into four vehicles as he left a St. Pete Beach hotel and didn't stop.

Police arrested Jonathon Charles Butler, 33, of 4432 Tevalo Drive late Thursday on a DUI charge and four counts of leaving the scene of an accident involving property damage.

Police say Butler drove south at 60 mph near the 4700 block of Gulf Boulevard, where the speed limit is 35 mph, according to an arrest report.

The passenger side of the vehicle appeared to have sustained "fresh" damage, police said. The vehicle was traced to four damaged vehicles at the Beachcomber Hotel and Beach Resort at 6200 Gulf Blvd. Police said he admitted that he was involved in a crash there that resulted in his mirror being knocked off.

The state's legal blood alcohol content is .08. Butler's was .024, but police say he failed field sobriety exercises.

Butler remained in jail Friday in lieu of $1,500.

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Valrico man accused of DUI in crash at St. Pete Beach hotel 07/09/10 [Last modified: Friday, July 9, 2010 4:36pm]
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