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Driver accused of DUI plows into construction workers, Winter Park police say

Construction worker has 2 fingers severed in crash

Arnold Kleine.
Arnold Kleine.

WINTER PARK, Fla. – A witness helped Winter Park police nab a man suspected of plowing into three construction workers while driving under the influence.

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Arnold Dwayne Kleine was arrested after the crash, which occurred around 11 p.m. Wednesday on Fairbanks Avenue near Rollins College.

According to Winter Park police, Kleine struck the workers and drove off.  A witness, Eric Olson, wrote down his vehicle license tag number, and Kleine was arrested a short time later on a charge of DUI with serious bodily injury, police said.

Olson told Local 6 the crash was horrific.

"I saw somebody rolling on the ground and screaming for help. All I heard was, 'Oh my God,'" he said.

Olson said he followed Kleine about a quarter of a mile down Fairbanks Avenue before he stopped.

"He had no clue what he had done," Olson said. "He got out of the car and asked me what happened and I had to explain to him that he had just hit somebody on the road."

One of the workers lost two fingers, one of which was discovered in the doorjamb of Kleine's car, in the crash and was taken to Orlando Regional Medical Center with serious injuries. The other finger was found at the crash scene, police said.

The other two victims were taken to Winter Park Memorial Hospital. One of them was injured when a tire fell into a manhole and struck him in the head, police said.

Kleine told police that he had dinner and two rum and Cokes and two waters over a two- to three-hour period at Tibby's.

Kleine refused to perform field sobriety tests and provide a breath sample, police said.  Authorities added that a warrant was obtained for a blood draw, which was sent to the Florida Department of Law Enforcement.

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