Man arrested after single-car crash bonds out
WEST MIAMI-DADE, Fla. (WSVN) -- A driver arrested after he crashed his car into a guardrail on the Dolphin Expressway bonded out of jail Tuesday morning.
The fact that this driver even survived the Monday afternoon accident seems to defy the odds, considering the guardrail wound up impaling his Toyota Scion through the passenger's side. The rail hung out of the rear of the vehicle for at least 20 feet.
The driver, 36-year-old Alberto Leon, suffered only a minor injury to his hand and was seen talking to police on the scene. "I'm surprised he walked away the way he did," said Florida Highway Patrol Trooper Russell Cruz. "If the guardrail had been a quarter to the other side of the vehicle, it could've been a lot worse."
According to police, the driver admitted that he may have nodded off at the wheel. "He said he had been working long hours and just fell asleep as he was traveling home," said Cruz. "He traveled off the roadway into the guardrail. The guardrail penetrated the vehicle from the front grill to the rear windshield."
When the FHP trooper arrived on the scene, he ran a background check on Leon and found he was a habitual traffic offender with a suspended driver's license. Police then put him in handcuffs and placed him in the back of a state police cruiser.
Leon's driving record includes several violations, including driving with a suspended license, driving without a license, speeding, careless driving, driving without proof of insurance, making an improper lane change and driving an unsafe vehicle.
Troopers said they arrested Leon because he should not have been behind the wheel at all, as his license had been revoked. He sustained a minor injury to the hand.
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