Officer charged after leaving accident scene
MIAMI (WSVN) -- A Miami-Dade Schools officer has been charged after he allegedly rear-ended a vehicle and left the scene.
On May 21, just before the line of cars reached Southwest 122nd Avenue in Kendall Drive, the driver of a Honda Civic stopped suddenly after she said she was rear-ended.
According to the Florida Highway Patrol report, the colliding driver got out of his vehicle and asked if the woman was OK. As both cars were pulling over to the side, the victim said the black Ford Explorer took off.
FHP said the driver of the Explorer was Miami-Dade Schools Police Lt. Alberto Perez.
The woman who was rear-ended told FHP that Perez "appeared as if he was under the influence of alcohol or a drug." She said he never looked at her and seemed vigilant because he was looking around.
The SUV Perez was driving had a confidential license plate untraced to the police department. Days later, Miami-Dade Schools Police alerted FHP. The Explorer was found on the fifth floor garage at the Lindsey Hopkins Technical Education Center.
Officials said the hood and bumper of the car had been replaced, but the grill of the car had some visible damage.
A repair man at Auto Diaz Body Works in Opa-Locka told police, a man who went by the name of Al, took the Explorer to the shop and said he had ran into a pole. The employee said the man handed him $500 in cash and asked for quick repairs.
According to police, the man who went by the name of Al was identified as Perez.
Perez was arrested and has been charged with tampering with physical evidence and leaving the scene of a crime.
Perez has been reassigned to desk duty.
He is scheduled to appear in court on July 1.
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