MIAMI BEACH, Fla. - A jury has found a former Miami Beach police officer guilty of reckless driving with serious bodily injuries.
Derick Kuilan was acquitted Monday on the DUI charges stemming from a 2011 crash in which he struck and seriously injured two people while joy-riding with a woman on a police all-terrain vehicle.
Prosecutors claimed Kuilan was drinking while on duty when he invited a woman at a South Beach nightclub bachelorette party to take the ATV ride.
Kuilan's lawyer said he used bad judgment but committed no crime. Kuilan did not testify.
His fellow officers waited about five hours to test Kulian's blood for alcohol. His blood-alcohol content was 0.088, above the state legal limit.
"I don't wish for anybody to go to jail," victim Kitzie Nicanor said. "It's just, he had to get something."
Kulian faces up to five years in prison when he's sentenced.
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