Driver in deadly hit-and-run had license, despite 2 DUI convictions

Allison Huffman booked into Pinellas County Jail (Photo: Pinellas County Sheriff's Office)

EDITOR’S NOTE: On February 16 we reported Allison Huffman had four DUI arrests and three convictions. On Thursday we clarified with DMV officials that Huffman’s record actually contains three arrests and two convictions. 

PINELLAS COUNTY, Fla. (WFLA) – It will cost Allison Huffman $750,000 to bond out of jail. Huffman, of Riverview, is accused of hitting and killing tow truck driver Roger Perez early Monday morning on the Howard Frankland Bridge.

In court Tuesday, Huffman admitted she knew she hit something on the bridge, but claims she was too scared to stop.

READ MORE: Police detain suspect in deadly Howard Frankland hit-and-run

But Huffman’s criminal record has people asking why she was allowed to drive at all. She’s been arrested for drinking and driving three times, dating back to 2002.

Rogelio Perez-Borroto was killed by a hit & run driver. He worked for Lou's Total Car Care.
Rogelio Perez-Borroto was killed by a hit & run driver. He worked for Lou’s Total Car Care.

Defense attorney Roger Futerman has defended thousands of DUI suspects in his nearly 20 years in the Tampa Bay area. “There’s a difference between arrests and convictions,” Futerman explains.

READ MORE: $750,000 bond for woman accused of killing tow truck driver

Allison Huffman is suspected of hitting & killing a tow truck driver on the Howard Frankland Bridge.
Allison Huffman is suspected of hitting & killing a tow truck driver on the Howard Frankland Bridge.

While Huffman has been arrested three times, she was only convicted in two of those cases.

Florida law states after a fourth DUI, a driver’s license is permanently revoked, Futerman said. Even with two convictions, Huffman still had a valid driver’s license.

Attorney Katherine Neal said that is how the law is written. “I don’t think the law is broken,” Neal said. “I think the law has room for improvement.”

Yet, there’s new legislation on the books that would allow a person with four DUI convictions to get their license back. They would need to wait 10 years to reapply.

Investigators will also have to contend with the fact Huffman went on the run after the crash. She wasn’t caught for nearly 24 hours after the hit-and-run accident. At this point, no one knows what her blood alcohol level was at the time of the crash.

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