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Joseph Errichiello told authorities that he has a severe diabetic condition.
By JAMAL THALJI, Times Staff Writer
Published December 5, 2007
NEW PORT RICHEY -- Prosecutors dropped the remaining charge of DUI against Joseph Errichiello on Tuesday after his urine test came back clean.
He was twice arrested for DUI in a 13-day span in September despite Breathalyzer tests that revealed a 0.00 blood-alcohol level both times.
Now both charges have been dropped after both urine tests came back negative for drugs.
Errichiello, who was profiled in Tuesday's Pasco Times, blamed a severe diabetic condition for failing both field sobriety tests.
"It's about time," he said. "I knew I did nothing wrong. I knew it was just a matter of time to prove it."
But the state isn't done with Errichiello yet. Assistant State Attorney Mike Halkitis said if a medical condition is to blame for Errichiello being pulled over, then he shouldn't be driving.
And Errichiello could still face charges in the Sept. 1 incident in which he was accused of failing to stop at a DUI checkpoint and endangering officers there.
The 26-year-old Port Richey man denied that.
"They said that I almost ran over several cops. If that's the case, I should be charged with attempted murder."
Jamal Thalji can be reached at email@example.com or (727) 869-6236.
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