Miramar commissioner faces charge of DUI


MIRAMAR--Miramar Police charged city Commissioner Fitzroy Salesman with driving under the influence early Saturday morning after he allegedly fled from a police sergeant trying to make a traffic stop.

Salesman had a blood alcohol level of just over .16, according to an arrest affidavit. The legal limit in Florida is .08. In addition to DUI, he was charged with speeding, violating two stop signs and fleeing and eluding police.

Salesman, 48, was elected to his third term in March. Two calls to his home were not returned Saturday.

According to the affidavit, a police sergeant clocked Salesman at 61 mph in a 40 mph zone around 5 a.m. in the 7200 block of Miramar Parkway, then watched as he failed to stop at two stop signs. The commissioner also increased his speed when the sergeant activated his emergency lights and siren, the report said.
Salesman eventually turned into his driveway, where he met with officers. After failing three field sobriety tests, he submitted to a breathalyzer test.

The commissioner was cited in 1999 for driving too fast for conditions and was later acquitted on the charge, according to court records. He was charged with disorderly intoxication and resisting an officer without violence in 1998 after an incident at a Miami-Dade County tavern.


(source) Sun Sentinel 5-01-05