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Boca Raton Guy, With White Claw Beer, Lunges At Cop

“Are You All set, Castro?” Suspect Attempts To Punch Arresting Officer. Now Struggling with DUI, Other Fees.

Stephen Hazel, Courtesy Palm Beach front County Jail.

BY: Employees REPORT | BocaNewsNow.com

BOCA RATON, FL (BocaNewsNow.com) (Copyright © 2021 MetroDesk Media, LLC) — A Boca Raton gentleman allegedly lunged at Boynton Seashore Law enforcement Officer Dennis Castro whilst Officer Castro attempted to lock him up as element of a DUI arrest.

Police say Stephen Hazel of Kingsbridge Road in Boca Raton crashed into a vehicle, then was caught on tape consuming a White Claw beer though simultaneously seeking to throw out numerous cans of White Claw.

It took place in the parking large amount of Tint Globe in Boynton Seashore. Hazel is now billed with DUI with property harm, assault on a law enforcement officer, and leavening the scene of a crash with home hurt.

This is the police narrative from the arrest. We have edited just a little bit for clarity.

”I responded to the parking great deal of 1630 S. Congress Ave (Tint World) in reference to a Vehicular Accident. This incident happened inside of the Metropolis of Boynton Beach, Palm Beach front County, Florida. Caller suggested that a W / M operating a Black Toyota Tacoma had struck a parked Blue Honda Accord in the over parking whole lot and that the W / M was attempting to depart. Caller encouraged that the male appeared to be impaired. Even though arriving to the location, caller recommended that the male walked off in the Leisureville Group and that he (caller) was adhering to him. The local community is just east of the parking good deal of the incident. As I drove south on SW 22nd St I observed two males and a Blue Honda Accord in the roadway. As I received closer one particular of the males, the gentleman I later discovered to be the over caller started to flag me down. The caller promptly mentioned that the other male on scene, W / M Hazel, Stephen, had struck his parked automobile inside of the Tint Environment parking whole lot and then fled the scene. The caller suggested that as he was next Hazel, Hazel commenced to stroll in the again yards of residences and was ingesting a White Claw beer while undertaking so. The caller then pointed to a White Claw beer can alongside the roadway and mentioned that Hazel threw that can there.”

“Hazel was striving to stand in a usual manner but held leaning facet to aspect and shedding his stability at times. Following hearing a brief assertion from the caller, I questioned Hazel what was going on, which Hazel stated practically nothing. I asked Hazel what he was performing, which he stated nothing at all just going for walks. I asked Hazel if he was associated in a crash prior to my arrival, which he denied. Whilst Hazel was speaking he had a tough time retaining his eyes open. Hazel’s eyes had been bloodshot / glassy. Hazel was really unsteady on his ft. Hazel’s speech was thick and slurred and an odor of an unknown alcoholic beverage emanating from his breath which intensified as he-spoke. I then requested Hazel to sit on the press bar on my auto even though I further more spoke with the caller. Whilst strolling, Hazel swayed aspect to facet and was unstable. The caller said that whilst at work at Tint Planet he noticed the Toyota Tacoma generate by the parking ton. The caller stated that the driver, Hazel, was driving the auto in an erratic way, jerking the car back again and forth. The caller said that has Hazel was accomplishing that he practically hit a tree in the parking. The caller then noticed Hazel position the Toyota into reverse and back into a parked Blue Honda Accord. The caller encouraged the rear bumper of the Toyota struck the entrance proper corner of his auto.”

“Vehicles ended up afterwards inspected and damage was dependable with the caller’s statement and paint transfer. The caller mentioned that Hazel then exited the motor vehicle and started to collect a significant total of vacant White Claw beer cans and proceeded to the toss them away in the parking whole lot dumpster. The caller mentioned that Hazel then began to wander in the direction of Woolbright Rd with a shut beer in one particular hand and bodily drinking a different White Claw beer. The caller recommended that he followed him until eventually I situated them both equally. The caller had online video of Hazel strolling by the parking good deal with all the beers in his hand and tossing the beers in the dumpster. Movie also showed Hazel going for walks absent from the parking consuming the White Claw beer. Video also displays Hazel walking through the again yards of residences that he does not live at or know the citizens. Video clip reveals Hazel going for walks among two residences and tossing his shut White Claw beer in a white recycle bin.”

“I properly positioned my totally marked patrol auto to continue my investigation. After Hazel and I were being in entrance of my patrol car I encouraged Hazel that the investigation was remaining audio and online video recorded. I then asked Hazel once more if he was concerned in a crash these days, which he said no. Hazel was remaining uncooperative with the crash investigation. For that reason, I encouraged Hazel that I have concluded my crash investigation and was now conducting a DUI Felony Investigation. Hazel stated that he was strolling to his home in Boca Raton. When questioned Hazel wherever was he coming from, Hazel advised said that he ate at Tijuana Flats on Previous Boynton Rd and Congress Ave all-around 530 and was just walking. Hazel then said that he was heading to catch a bus to head household. After detailing to Hazel that there was video clip of him running a motor vehicle in the Tint Globe parking lot, he however denied currently being concerned in a crash.”

(Police then arrested Hazel and transported him to the blood/breath alcoholic beverages testing facility).

“While putting Hazel into a holding cell inside of the PBCJ BAT Services, Hazel seemed at me and stated “are you completely ready, Castro?” Hazel had both equally arms to his facet of her with each fists balled up. I took a step back again and requested Hazel to enter the cell. Hazel turned and entered. When in, Hazel turned away and in an intense way elevated his right arm in a horizontal 90 degrees method, cocked it back and swung at me. I was capable to speedily shift and shut the cell doorway prior to acquiring hit with Hazel hand. As Hazel attempted to hit me (an additional officer) straight at the rear of me witnessed the incident. Centered on the points, Hazel was charged with Assault of LEO pursuant with F.S.S. 784.07.2.A, Driving Beneath the Influence W / House Destruction pursuant with F.S.S. 316. 193.3.C.1 and Leaving the Scene of Crash W / Residence Injury pursuant to F.S.S. 316.061.1. Hazel was processed and later TOT PBCJ. Incident was captured via BWC.”

Hazel was booked into the Palm Beach County Jail and afterwards produced on his have recognizance. A court day is pending.

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