UF student accused of drunk driving

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A UF student was accused of drunkenly crashing into a light pole Tuesday morning.

At 1:21 a.m., University Police responded to reports of a car that crashed into a light pole on the intersection of Village Drive and West Fraternity Drive, said an arrest report. The pole broke and blocked the road.

At about 9 a.m., West Fraternity Drive was blocked for two hours to make electrical repairs to the pole, police said.

One of the passengers told officers that Alexander Pippins, a 20-year-old UF student from Jacksonville, was driving when the car crashed into the pole, the report said.

Pippins told police he was sitting in the backseat and that another person crashed the car and fled, the report said. Pippins kept changing where he said he was sitting in the backseat, although police said there was nowhere to sit.

Pippins’ blood alcohol levels both tested above the legal limit, the report said.

Pippins was charged with a DUI and damage to property.

In January 2017, Pippins was seen tipping over scooters, causing about $25 in damages to one scooter, and was charged with criminal mischief, according to court records. The victim did not wish to press charges. The next day, he received a traffic citation for careless driving.

He was released from the Alachua County Jail at 12:30 p.m. Tuesday. Pippins could not be reached for comment.

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