State Attorney's Office investigator quits as drunk-driving case heads to court

Franklin Cohens, a Monroe County State Attorney's Office investigator arrested Dec. 18 for allegedly driving under the influence of alcohol, resigned his job as of Dec. 31.

That's according to a prepared statement from State Attorney Catherine Vogel. She was in court Tuesday and couldn't be reached for further comment.

Key West police arrested Franklin Cohens, 48, at 2510 Staples Ave. after he backed a State Attorney's Office-owned 2008 Ford Escape into a Kia owned by Ryan Darrah. It happened around 8:35 p.m.

When police arrived, they found Cohens with bloodshot watery eyes, and his "eyelids were droopy," Officer Alexander Rodriguez wrote in a report. Cohens refused to submit to a breath test, Rodriguez wrote.

Following a request from Vogel to Gov. Rick Scott, Cohens' prosecution has been assigned to the Miami-Dade State Attorney's Office because of a possible conflict of interest, Vogel said.

Cohens is due in court for arraignment Jan. 24 at 8:30 a.m. in front of Monroe County Judge Wayne Miller in Key West. Cohens is represented by attorney Sam Kaufman.