Pensacola man accused of driving drunk with four kids could face serious charges
PENSACOLA, Fla. (WEAR) —
Four kids who were injured in a fiery crash over the weekend are out of the hospital and recovering at home.
Their father, Jeffrey Touzet, is still at the hospital in serious condition and facing serious charges once he's released.
Depending on the outcome of blood test results, Touzet could face charges of driving under the influence, driving under the influence involving minors under the age of 18 years old, and child neglect.
Investigators said Touzet was driving at a high speed and passing cars in a no passing lane after 10 p.m. on Friday, November 10.
They said Touzet was driving north on Perdido Key Drive when he entered the left turn lane and took an immediate right turn on Gulf Beach Highway.
They say Touzet missed the turn, ran off the road and crashed head-on into a pole. That's when authorities say his car caught fire.
Prosecutors said though Touzet is still in the hospital, his case will be treated like any other DUI crash.
"While there may be single-car accidents, the technical aspects of that include reviewing skid marks, how fast the car was going, what was the nature of the impact, how was the car driving, all of those are highly technical questions that the Florida Highway Patrol has trained homicide investigators to go through all of the technical aspects the car can tell us," said Assistant State Attorney John Molchan.
Prosecutors said when you're arrested for DUI with a minor in the car, the penalties are increased.
The State Attorney's Office said cases like this include a forensic examination of the vehicle and could take months to investigate.
"We've gone as far as pulling information off the computer of cars to determine braking and things like that over the years, so in essence, all of these cases are highly complex," added Molchan.
Other information in a DUI case, like blood alcohol tests, could take between 30 to 60 days to get results.