Crime

Man accused of running down scooter driver, then fleeing bonds out of jail

A Key West man who may have been driving drunk Wednesday when he struck a scooter, injuring the operator, bonded out of jail Friday after posting a $36,500 bond.

According to Key West police, Ramon Uriel Mendoza-Zapata, 27, is accused of running down Juan Tovar, 44, of Key West at North Roosevelt Boulevard and Macmillan Drive around 12:20 a.m.

Officer Edward Cutie wrote that a witness said he saw Mendoza-Zapata driving behind Tovar and watched as Mendoza-Zapata struck the scooter. Tovar and the scooter "began to flip down the road" until finally stopping.

The witness said the car, a gray Hyundai, fled, and after he did, he told a man on a motorcycle to give chase.

Police spotted Mendoza-Zapata's car at 3100 Flagler Ave., but the driver drove off. He was finally stopped on 14th Street and had to be Tased, police say.

Mendoza-Zapata reportedly smelled of alcohol and had bloodshot eyes and admitted drinking. He failed roadside sobriety tests and but allowed a blood draw, police say. Lab results from the draw are pending.

Mendoza-Zapata is charged with leaving the scene of a crash involving serious injury, leaving the scene of a crash involving property damage and driving with no license.

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