A Miami man was jailed Saturday on three drunk-driving counts, one a felony, after a crash in Key Largo left another Miami man in critical condition.
Paul Owens, 53, was riding a 2012 Honda motorcycle south on U.S. 1 at mile marker 101 near Tarpon Basin Drive a little before 7 a.m. when Raynard Sookdial, 31, driving a 2014 Nissan Maxima, slammed into him from behind, the Florida Highway Patrol says. Owens had stopped for a red light.
Owens bounced on the hood of Snookdial's car, hit the windshield and ended up on the pavement, troopers said. Owens was wearing a helmet. Troopers said Sookdial was drunk and possessed an open 24-ounce Miller Lite beer when the crash happened.
He's charged with felony drunk driving-serious bodily injury, two misdemeanor drunk driving-property damage counts and one misdemeanor of possessing marijuana. He also received citations for careless driving, having no insurance and driving with an open alcoholic beverage.
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Monroe County jail records say Sookdial lists his occupation as information technology. He's being held with no bond.