He and his wife said she crashed car. Their son and the other driver had a different story

He and his wife said she crashed car. Their son and the other driver had a different story

(As originally published with additional photos, Thu, March 14th 2024 at 5:49 PM)

WEBSTER, Fla. (TND) — A driver was ticketed for crossing a double solid line in a no passing zone, causing a crash, but not until sheriff’s deputies conducted several interviews to find out who was really driving.

The arrest report from last Thursday afternoon, March 7, in Florida, said Ruben Hernandez told a deputy “that he was not the driver.”

Meanwhile, his wife — who is the registered owner of the Toyota Corolla — told the other deputy “she was the one driving the vehicle.”

However, the driver of the other vehicle, a GMC pickup truck, “gave a verbal and sworn written statement advising that the defendant was the driver and not [his wife].”

Authorities were stuck with conflicting information but there was one other person they had not heard from, and he was the couple’s son.

According to the arrest report, “I asked [the son] who was driving the vehicle.

“At first, he was hesitant to advise who the driver was, and kept look [sic] at the defendant.

“I then asked him again, who was driving the vehicle?

“I also asked [the son] to be honest because of what [the other driver] is advising of who the driver was.

“[The son] then stated that his dad/father, the defendant, was the one driving the vehicle.”

The son’s age is not included in the report, but it said Hernandez “changed his story and admitted to being the driver.”

Then, authorities learned the reason he didn’t want to admit he was driving.

He and his wife said she crashed car. Their son and the other driver had a different story
Ruben Hernandez was arrested for DUI in 2019 (left) and arrested for driving with a suspended or revoked license due to DUI in 2024. (Hernando Co. Sheriff’s Office | Sumter Co. Sheriff’s Office)

“A check of the defendant’s driving history,” a deputy wrote, “revealed his license was suspended on Sept. 14, 2019, for DUI,” which The National Desk learned took place in Hernando County.

He was busted there after “tossing trash out of a vehicle in the Taco Bell parking lot,” that arrest report said, and eventually “restrained after he attempted to grab a detention deputy by the throat.”

Back in Sumter County, the report after the crash said his license was revoked on May 5, 2022, for DUI.

Hernandez, 45, was arrested on a charge of driving with a suspended or revoked license due to DUI, and he spent almost a week in jail before his release, Wednesday evening.

No injuries were reported in the crash, and the only detail was a damage estimate of $10,000.

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