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Bradenton man held on second DUI after colliding with deputy

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Published:   |   Updated: March 18, 2013 at 02:54 PM

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A 24-year-old driver is jailed after colliding with a Manatee County deputy, who then found alcohol in the driver's vehicle, according to the Manatee County Sheriff's Office.

Armando Garcia-Ramos, of 1514 10th Street W, Bradenton,  was arrested for driving under the influence and for not having a valid driver's license, the sheriff's office said. This is the second DUI in three weeks for Garcia-Ramos.

Just after 12:30 this morning, Garcia-Ramos was headed south on 14th Street W when he tried to turn east onto 33rd Ave W, but turned in front of a deputy's vehicle, the sheriff's office said.

The deputy took evasive action, but struck the 1994 Camaro Garcia-Ramos was driving on the passenger side, the sheriff's office said. The deputy then hit a sign. Garcia-Ramos tied to run from the scene, but was caught by the deputy.

Open alcoholic beverages were found in the Camaro, according to the sheriff's office. 

Pedro Mejia Ramirez, the registered owner of the Camaro, was a passenger in the vehicle during the crash, the sheriff's office said.

 There were no injuries and both vehicles were towed from the scene, the sheriff's office said. Damage to both vehicles is approximately $15,000.

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