NEW PORT RICHEY, Fla. - A man who police said helped end a Pasco County driver's booze-fueled hit-and-run spree that killed a motorcyclist said Monday he hopes the suspect is off the road for good.
Investigators said Marc Boysen, 43, got drunk Saturday night and started driving down U.S. 19 in New Port Richey.
It was close to midnight when, according to officers, he crashed into one car, crossed the median and collided head-on with a motorcyclist, killing the biker. But Boysen didn't stop.
Police said, with the victim's body still on the hood of his car, Boysen kept driving and pulled into the parking lot of a WingHouse restaurant, where he tried to dislodge the body from his car.
"I was shocked to see this gentleman doing doughnuts in the parking lot with a body on the hood of his car," said a witness who ran over to help. "He did five or six doughnuts until the victim fell off the hood of the car."
That witness is a retired undercover police officer from the northeast and asked us to only call him by his first name, Roger.
Police said Boysen hit two more cars before Roger and another man dragged the driver out of the car and held him until officers arrived.
"This guy had no remorse at all and he desecrated a body and I've never seen nothing like that," Roger told FOX 13. "I've been in combat [in the Army]. I've been an officer for 28 years, retired, and I've never seen anything like that in my life. I was shocked."
According to detectives, Boysen had a blood alcohol level of .27, more than three times the legal limit.
Officers said there were about 30 witnesses in the parking lot as this unfolded and Roger told FOX 13 he had to stop them from teaching the driver a lesson.
"I went from fighting with him to protecting him because the people in this parking lot probably wanted to string him up," he said.
Investigators said, after three previous DUI arrests and two convictions, Boysen never should have been behind the wheel.
"It's incredibly awful," said officer Jeff McConnell. "Not only does he have two prior DUI convictions, this would be his third making it a felony, to do that knowing that you could have got a taxi instead of taking someone's life is terrible."
"He needs to go away," said Roger. "He's a threat to public safety. If he didn't learn his lesson the first time, the second time, he's not going to learn his lesson."
Boysen is facing a long list of charges including DUI manslaughter.
The name of the victim has not been released. Detectives said they have been trying to notify family members.