Dashcam shows failed sobriety test, arrest of Army reservist after fatal crash

Conan Acevedo's blood-alcohol level twice legal limit

TAMARAC, Fla. – Newly released dashcam footage of an Army war veteran charged with DIU manslaughter was released Wednesday by the Broward Sheriff's Office. 

In the clip, Sgt. First Class Conan Acevedo, 40,  is seen out of uniform taking a field-sobriety test and learning that the driver of the vehicle he crashed into, Nicolas Garcia, 18, had died.

 "What happened to the gentleman that was driving?"  Acevedo said.

"The gentleman who was in the other sedan?" the deputy responds.     

"Yes, sir," Acevedo responds.

"He died," the deputy said 

"How?," Acevedo said.

Deputies said Acevedo, was driving west on West McNab Road just before 2:30 a.m. Aug. 9 when he ran a red light at Northwest 70th Avenue and crashed his SUV into the driver's side door of a Honda Civic.

As Acevedo headed to jail after failing the sobriety test with a blood alcohol that was double the legal limit, he carried on a conversation with the arresting deputy. 

From the conversation, it appears that he knows he’s in trouble, but that doesn’t stop him from cracking jokes.

"Um, I'm an investigator," Acevedo said with a laugh. "Well, not any more."

Moments before the father of three was arrested, a surveillance video captured Acevedo running a red light, and plowing his SUV into the side of a car that Garcia was in. 

Acevedo is currently out on bond.

Prior to his arrest, Acevedo was working as an Army recruiter, and is he’s now working a desk job.