SPPD: 4 who drove through accident investigation were drunk

Photos courtesy PCSO.

Police in St. Pete made four DUI arrests overnight after they say all four drivers drove through a deadly accident scene without stopping.

Officers say Mechell Gould, David Payne, Benjamin Emmons, and Joachim Kohlhase failed to stop at 9th Avenue N and 66th Street.  

Police were there investigating a deadly motorcycle crash at the time.

Officers stopped each of these drivers and say all four were impaired:

  • Gould, 28, allegedly blew .181
  • Payne, 23, refused breath test
  • Emmons, 22, allegedly blew .221
  • Kohlhase, 49, allegedly blew .224

Emmons and Kohlhase were also charged with possession of cocaine.

The motorcyclist involved in the original crash was David Flores-Vega.  He was thrown from his bike when he crashed into a Pontiac and died at the hospital from his injuries.