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DUI driver slams into clubhouse building in Sanford, troopers say

No one injured in incident

SANFORD, Fla. – A man who was under the influence of narcotics crashed into a community clubhouse building in Sanford on Monday evening, damaging a wall and window, according to the Florida Highway Patrol.

The crash happened around 5 p.m. on the corner of Terracina Drive and Siracusa Lane, in the Terracina at Lake Forest community. Pictures showed the front of an Audi SUV making contact with building's window.

Troopers said the driver, Joseph Minnix, told them he was parked in a handicapped parking space while talking on the phone when the vehicle moved forward and hit the wall.

Minnix and his dog were the only occupants in the vehicle, according to the report. Neither was injured.

Authorities said Minnix's speech was slurred, he was slow to respond, he was unsteady on his feet and he appeared to be falling asleep.

A field sobriety test determined that Minnix was impaired, according to the report.

His blood alcohol level was 0.00 but a trooper determined Minnix was under the influence of a central nervous system depressant and a narcotic analgesic, meaning pain relievers, records show.

He was arrested on a charge of DUI with property damage.


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