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Drunk driver arrested after driving into police station parking lot

Kristhian Renzo Quinto Murillo
Kristhian Renzo Quinto-Murillo

A Kissimmee man without a license was arrested for drunk driving after he mistakenly drove into the parking lot of the Mascotte Police Department.

An officer observed the driver of a black sedan, later identified as 25-year-old Kristhian Renzo Quinto-Murillo, trying to make a right turn from East Myers Boulevard onto Albrook Street at about 11:52 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 2. The vehicle failed to make the turn and came to a complete stop perpendicular to the eastbound travel lane on Myers Boulevard, according to the arrest report.

The vehicle then reversed, continued forward onto Albrook Street, stopped at the apartments immediately east of the Mascotte Police Department, and finally continued into the police station parking lot. While the vehicle was in the parking lot, the officer saw it begin to enter the space under the awning by driving through the exit used by patrol vehicles, the report said.

The officer activated his emergency lights as the vehicle was backing up and nearly striking a wooden post. When the officer spoke with Quinto-Murillo, who was identified by his Peruvian ID card, he immediately noticed the odor of alcoholic beverage emanating from the vehicle. Quinto-Murillo also appeared nervous, causing the officer to ask him to exit the vehicle for the safety of everyone on scene, according to the report.

Due to Quinto-Murillo not speaking English, the officer requested assistance from the Groveland Police Department. While waiting for the translator, the officer ran Quinto-Murillo’s information and learned he did not have a valid driver’s license. He was issued a criminal citation, the report said.

After a translator arrived, Quinto-Murillo performed field sobriety exercises. His performance led the officer to conclude he was driving under the influence, which was later confirmed by breath test readings of 0.237 and 0.239 – nearly three times the legal limit, according to the report.

Quinto-Murillo was subsequently charged with DUI and driving without a license (never had one). He was taken to the Lake County Jail and released after posting $4,000 bond.

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