HILLSBOROUGH COUNTY, Fla. (WFLA) – Allison Huffman is facing a world of trouble after her arrest for the fatal hit-and-run crash that killed tow truck driver Rogelio Perez-Borroto on the Howard Frankland Bridge Feb. 15.
The Florida Highway Patrol said Huffman told investigators she admitted to the crash but ditched her car and hid in the Hard Rock Casino because she was scared.
A Temple Terrace Police DUI video obtained by 8 On Your Side from a July 10, 2010 drunk driving arrest shows this isn’t the first time Huffman feared going to jail because of her bad driving habits. “I just got a brand new job,” Huffman plaintively told police in that case.
In the video Temple Terrace police are shown questioning Huffman after finding her sleeping in a parking lot in her car. She explains she’d been at Grillsmith in Wiregrass and was trying to drive to St. Pete Beach when she stopped to rest. “I purposely didn’t want to drive. That’s why I was sleeping in my car,” Huffman told the officers.
“If I say yes and then you think I’m still intoxicated or something and then I’m screwed,” Huffman told the officer. “If I say no…I know my rights.”
Eventually Huffman, who was 30 at the time, agreed to take balance and agility tests that the officer determined she failed. In his report, the officer noted that Huffman smelled strongly of alcohol, had slurred speech and swayed while trying to stand.
Moments after the officer announced he was arresting her for DUI, Huffman expressed concern about staying close to her purse.
“When I need to do bail and stuff, you can bail yourself out if you have cash,” she said. By the night of that arrest, Huffman had already been taken to jail twice before for drunk driving and had one DUI conviction on her record. She knew a thing or two about posting bail.
After her latest arrest on Feb. 16, Huffman needs a lot more cash to bond out of jail than would ever fit in her purse. She’s currently in the Hillsborough County Jail under a $750,000 bond for two charges and no bond for a third.
If Huffman does manage to get out of jail, she can’t drive. The Florida DMV has already suspended her license again pending the outcome of the fatal hit-and-run case.
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