A man accused of driving drunk and slamming his SUV into a Pompano Beach apartment building with his 4-year-old stepdaughter in the vehicle appeared in bond court on Tuesday morning.
Just after 4:30 p.m. Monday, German Hueso, 30, slammed a 1998 Ford Explorer into his neighbor's apartment at 333 Southwest 2nd Street and ran away, leaving his common-law wife's 4-year-old daughter in the wreckage, according to the Broward Sheriff's Office. Hueso tried running away from the crash scene but was held by neighbors until police arrived.
"I never expected him to leave her, knowing what happened," said Alicia Honor, a neighbor.
"The guy was running because he was drunk," said Maria Diego, a witness.
The girl was not in a car seat or wearing a seatbelt, according to Pompano Beach firefighters.
Hueso was charged with DUI, operating without a valid driver's license, and leaving the scene of an accident with damage to property. Judge John Hurley issued a $16,000 bond for Hueso, saying in court that Hueso does not have a valid driver's license or carry auto insurance.
"Police say you had a strong odor of alcohol," said Hurley.
According to investigators, Hueso had a blood alcohol content of .208, nearly twice the legal limit of .08, and three interpretations had trouble understanding Hueso while he was in custody.
"The court's concerned that you represent a danger to the community," said Hurley.
The 4-year-old girl, identified as Stephanie Lara, was transported to North Broward Medical Center with minor injuries, and has since been released. She is now in the custody of her mother.
"It's sad, you know, because they are my neighbors and Stephanie plays with my kids," said Honor.