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St. Pete man talked on YouTube about sobriety. Now he’s charged with DUI manslaughter.

A 71-year-old woman, Dorothy Wertz, was killed in the crash on Tuesday night.
Blake Faine is charged with DUI manslaughter. His booking photo on that charge was not available Friday afternoon. This is a booking photo from a 2018 arrest. [Pinellas County Jail]
Blake Faine is charged with DUI manslaughter. His booking photo on that charge was not available Friday afternoon. This is a booking photo from a 2018 arrest. [Pinellas County Jail]
Published Dec. 13, 2019

A St. Petersburg man who talked on YouTube about his battle to stay sober has been arrested on a DUI manslaughter charge in connection with a crash that killed a 71-year-old woman on Tuesday night.

Blake Faine, 35, was arrested Friday and booked into the Pinellas County Jail.

The crash occurred about 8:30 p.m. Tuesday just west of the intersection of 54th Avenue S and 28th Street S.

Police said a black Nissan pickup driven by Faine struck a brown Nissan sedan as the driver was leaving a store in the 3000 block of 54th Avenue S.

Police said the driver of the sedan, Dorothy Wertz, 71, died in the crash.

Faine initially was taken to Bayfront Health St. Petersburg with serious injuries, police said.

Police didn’t release details about what led to Faine’s arrest, but said in a news release that “he was impaired at the time of the crash.”

Faine has a criminal record in Pinellas County that includes arrests on charges of heroin possession, burglary, dealing in stolen property and leaving the scene of a crash.

He also has been cited for more than 25 traffic infractions, including speeding, running red lights, following too closely and driving with a suspended license.

In a YouTube channel for Faine, he talks about this battle for sobriety. In one post in September 2018, he says he is 15 or 16 days sober, has a new job in Tampa, has found a babysitter for a child and will be moving the following day. He also talks about playing kickball on Monday nights near the Vinoy.

“The ball is rolling, dude," he says. "I’m thinking clear, feeling good. Gym membership. Everything.

“Look for the change in your boy Blake. He’s going to shine up pretty well. I’m feeling good.”

Jail records indicate bail has been set at $10,000 for Faine on the manslaughter charge. He was in custody Friday afternoon.


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