Miami-Dade County Commissioner Jose 'Pepe' Diaz not guilty of DUI
Jurors watch video of commissioner's DUI arrest
KEY WEST, Fla. – A Miami-Dade County commissioner was found not guilty Wednesday of driving under the influence.
For the first time in the trial of Miami-Dade County Commissioner Jose "Pepe" Diaz, jurors got the chance Wednesday to see bodycam footage showing Diaz's interaction with police after he was pulled over for driving 74 mph in a 30 mph zone.
Diaz was arrested in September after he was pulled over for speeding while riding his motorcycle in Key West.
"You're going to tell me, 'Right. Left. Touch the tip of my nose right here,'" Diaz said in the video before falling over.
The video played in court in front of the jury and Diaz's wife and daughter.
Diaz admits that he had two drinks earlier at a pool party, but insists that his blood-alcohol level was not over the legal limit.
On at least two separate occasions, the arresting officer asked Diaz if he wanted to take a breathalyzer, but he refused. Police said he also refused a third time at the police station.
During cross examination, the defense focused on the field sobriety test, asking the officer how an overweight man in his 50s with a third-degree burn on his leg could successfully perform the test without error.
Diaz claims he suffered a severe burn on his leg after the muffler on his bike fell on his leg.
He spoke after the verdict was announced and said that while he was embarrassed by the entire process, he fought the charge because he knew he was innocent.
""I'm not proud of a lot of those moments, but I've learned from them," Diaz said.
Diaz will still have to a pay a citation for speeding.
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