Palm Bay Mayor Rob Medina Calls For City Councilman Peter Filiberto’s Resignation Following DUI Arrest
By Space Coast Daily // February 15, 2023
Filiberto was elected last November
BREVARD COUNTY • PALM BAY, FLORIDA – Palm Bay Mayor Rob Medina is calling for the resignation of Palm Bay City Councilman Pete Filiberto following his arrest over the weekend for DUI and possession of cocaine.
“This situation has cast a shadow over the good work our City Council and leadership team are accomplishing,” Medina said.
“It has become a distraction as we conduct our City business. As a City, we are striving every day to serve our citizens in a transparent and accountable manner, and I feel strongly that resignation would be in the best interest of our community. Please know that I have not come to this decision lightly, and my prayers continue to go out to Pete and his family. I truly hope that he will get the help that he needs to overcome his personal challenges.”
Palm Bay police officers arrested Filiberto, 34, on Saturday night at about 9 p.m. and charged him with DUI and possessing 10.6 grams of cocaine in his shoe, according to a probable cause affidavit.
Filiberto, who was elected to the city council last November, was also charged with reckless driving, no motorcycle endorsement, refusing a field sobriety test, and driving while license suspended/revoked with knowledge.
According to the probable cause affidavit, an officer did a traffic stop on Filiberto after observing him riding his motorcycle at a high rate of speed near Huckleberry Street and Lipscomb Streets. Filiberto attempted to make a U-turn to elude the officer and fell over.
The probable cause affidavit said an officer pulled up and noticed the smell of alcohol on Filiberto’s breath and took him into custody and he then refused the field sobriety test.
Filiberto was taken to Palm Bay Hospital for medical clearance and later booked into the Brevard County Jail and then released on bond.