Tampa man charged with DUI after hitting deputy’s car at pot bust

TAMPA, Fla. (WFLA) — A Tampa man was charged with DUI after authorities say he rear-ended a deputy’s vehicle at the scene of a marijuana-grow investigation.

Hillsborough County Sheriff’s Office deputies and the HCSO aviation unit had discovered marijuana growing in mangroves north of the Courtney Campbell Causeway boat ramp.

At 7:47 p.m. on Oct. 11, undercover HCSO deputies were in the process of confiscating 68 mature marijuana plants from the area. Investigators say Yasiel Martinez was driving a 2007 Chevy Tahoe and hit the rear of an occupied deputy’s vehicle at the boat ramp parking lot located at 8601 West Courtney Campbell Causeway.

Investigators say Martinez showed signs of being under the influence of alcohol. DUI deputies were called to the scene and gave Martinez a blood alcohol test. The results were .143/.144, according to a HCSO spokesperson. Yasiel Martinez was arrested and charged with driving under the influence.

The marijuana plants that deputies uprooted and seized during the investigation weighed 77 lbs and had a street value of $114,500.

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