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Man Driving Drunk Causes Three-Way Accident, Police Say; One Victim Hospitalized

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ST. CROIX — A man appeared in court on Friday, Dec. 2 to face DUI charges after police were called to investigate a vehicular collision on Grove Place Road.

Julian St. Rose was arrested and charged on November 30 with driving under the influence of an intoxicating liquor and negligent driving.

According to the probable cause fact sheet, police were dispatched to the site of a three-vehicle collision on Wednesday, Nov. 30 where they met with two of the drivers involved in the accident. A third driver was taken to the Juan F. Luis Hospital for medical treatment.

One of the drivers, Julian St. Rose was standing next to his gold Toyota Tacoma pickup truck. St. Rose handed over his keys to police after an officer requested it. While speaking to St. Rose, the officer began smelling a strong odor of an alcoholic beverage coming from his breath and person. According to the police report, St. Rose’s eyes had a glossy look and he was holding onto his truck for balance support. St. Rose’s speech was also slurred.

Police asked St. Rose if he had been drinking and he said he consumed two beers at his ex-wife’s house. St. Rose said he had visited his former wife to assist her with his truck. 

St. Rose failed all three field sobriety tests performed by the officer, and he was placed under arrest.

An investigation concluded that St. Rose was heading south on Grove Place route 705 near The Market (former Plaza West), when his vehicle veered into the northbound lane and collide into two vehicles. The first vehicle struck was a white Ford Explorer and the second was a Nissan Sentra. The two vehicles both sustained disabling damage.

The driver of the white Ford Explorer told police that he was heading north when he saw St. Rose’s vehicle heading towards his, so he pulled to the left as much as he could. Despite this, St. Rose’s truck hit the Ford Explorer.

The driver of the Nissan Sentra who was interviewed at the hospital said she saw St. Rose’s truck hit the truck in front of her and then hit her vehicle. She said St. Rose then exited his vehicle and approached her vehicle in an aggressive manner and started yelling and cursing at her.

In court on Friday, a judge ruled that St. Rose would be allowed to post his driver’s license in lieu of bail. Upon release, he must report to the Office of Probation every Tuesday and was ordered to have no contact with any witnesses in this matter.

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