Colby Allen Brown said he was on his way home from a party when he was involved in a two-vehicle crash. He said he had just “two beers,” but his blood-alcohol level was nearly three times the legal limit for driving and the four people in the other vehicle were hospitalized with serious injuries, authorities say.
Brown, 23, was booked into the Palm Beach County Jail on Tuesday afternoon. The suburban Boynton Beach resident faces four counts of driving under the influence and causing bodily injury to another.
According to the probable cause affidavit, Delray Beach police officers were called to the intersection of George Bush Boulevard and North Ocean Boulevard about 11:30 p.m. Dec. 31. When they arrived, they found a Dodge Ram pickup and a Mercedes-Benz SUV, both with severe front-end damage. It isn’t clear which vehicle Brown drove.
Police say the four people in the second vehicle were taken to Bethesda Hospital East with “serious bodily injuries.”
The affidavit says Brown appeared impaired, telling the officers, in a “slow, stuttered and murmured tone,” that he “only had two beers and was just trying to get home from a New Year’s party.”
Police drew a blood sample from Brown, who was then taken to Bethesda Hospital to receive treatment for injuries.
The toxicology report was returned in January and indicated Brown’s blood alcohol level the night of the crash was 0.225. The legal limit in Florida is 0.08.
As of this evening, Brown was being held at the county jail in lieu of $20,000.