Woman faces DUI charge after Miami Beach rollover crash

Taxi driver hurt in crash on Collins Avenue

By Amanda Batchelor - Senior Digital Editor

MIAMI BEACH, Fla. - A woman was arrested on suspicion of driving under the influence after a rollover crash that closed part of Collins Avenue in Miami Beach for several hours Wednesday morning. 

Witnesses told Local 10 News that the woman, identified by police as Odessa Barandon, 23, hit a taxi with her gray Volkswagen SUV before 5:30 a.m. near 38th Street. The force of the crash caused her vehicle to roll over.

According to an arrest report, Baradon struck the cab driver while he was stepping out of his vehicle. Miami Beach police said she told officers at the scene that she "didn't know what happened."

"I was driving one minute and next I am upside down," Barandon said, according to the report.

Police said Barandon's eyes were bloodshot and watery, she had slurred speech and smelled heavily of alcohol. They said alcohol containers were also found in her SUV.

The cab driver, identified as Magis Joseph, 72, was taken to Jackson Memorial Hospital with injuries to his hand and head, but he is expected to be OK.

Barandon was not injured in the crash.

Police said she is currently living in South Florida under a temporary work visa from France. According to her Facebook page, Barandon is employed as a nanny.

Police said Barandon was taken to the Turner Guilford Knight Correctional Center and will be charged with DUI. 

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