Melbourne Police Taser, Arrest DUI Suspect After Vehicle and Foot Chase
By Space Coast Daily // November 5, 2015
had felony and misdemeanor warrants
BREVARD COUNTY • MELBOURNE, FLORIDA – Dennis Febles Vazquez, 48, was arrested after he fled from a traffic stop on north Harbor City Boulevard, and was charged with DUI with prior offense, Aggravated Fleeing & Eluding, Driving on a Suspended License and Resisting arrest without violence.
According to Lt. Tim Turner of the Melbourne Police Department, a concerned citizen alerted officers on Wednesday night about 11:40 p.m. regarding a possible drunk driver at 3986 N. Harbor City Boulevard.
The police were already on scene for an unrelated call, and attempted a traffic stop after seeing the vehicle strike a curb and display other driving patterns indicative of an impaired driver.
Lt. Turner said that Vazquez then fled west on Eau Gallie Boulevard where stop sticks were used to disable two of his tires.
The vehicle came to a stop at Eau Gallie Boulevard and Wickham Road where he tried to flee on foot. A short foot pursuit ended with the use of the officer’s Taser without further incident.
Vazquez, of 4036 Knight Avenue, was found to have a felony and misdemeanor warrant, a previous DUI conviction and a suspended license.
The suspect has a criminal history dating back to 1988 and was previously incarcerated by the Florida Department of Corrections.
The Melbourne Police Department is dedicated to reduce DUI related offenses in the city. Since January 2015 the Melbourne Police Department has conducted an estimated 120 DUI investigations and will continue to search out suspected DUI violations within the City of Melbourne.
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