DELRAY BEACH — A Delray Beach police detective has been charged with DUI after crashing his unmarked patrol car into a Palm Beach County Sheriff’s Office vehicle, officials said.
Luis Carlos Bonet was off duty and driving a silver Chevrolet Impala west in the eastbound lanes of Melaleuca Lane approaching Military Trail west of Lake Worth Beach, according to the arrest report.
A sheriff’s deputy spotted the Impala driving the wrong way about 11:40 p.m. Wednesday and activated his flashing red and blue lights to get the driver’s attention. It didn’t work. The Impala bumped the front of the deputy’s patrol car and stopped. There was minor damage and no injuries, the report stated.
Bonet had his eyes closed and appeared to be asleep at the wheel. As the deputy approached the Impala, he could hear the engine rev. Bonet appeared to awaken and eventually got out of the car after several commands, the deputy said.
Bonet had red, glassy eyes, slurred speech, an odor of alcohol on his breath, and was unsteady on his feet, the report said. He told the deputy he had two Long Island iced tea alcoholic drinks while working a case in a bar in downtown Delray Beach and was heading home, the report stated.
At first, Bonet declined a roadside sobriety test but then took it. He failed. He twice refused to take a breath test as well.
Bonet was booked into the Palm Beach County Jail about 3 a.m. Thursday on a charge of driving under the influence of alcohol or drugs. He was released from jail about six hours later, records show.
“I would like to express my disappointment in Detective Bonet’s actions and want to reassure the public this behavior is not in line with the values of the Delray Beach Police Department,” Chief Javaro Sims said in a statement. “Driving while impaired is a serious crime. Thankfully, no one was injured.”
Bonet, who has been with the Delray Beach Police Department since June 26, 2017, has been placed on administrative leave with pay. Efforts to reach Bonet by phone were unsuccessful.