Suspected DUI driver released on bond - FOX 13 News

Suspected DUI driver released on bond

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TAMPA (FOX 13) -

A 22-year-old man accused of driving under the influence and causing a fatal crash along Interstate 275 last week was granted bond Tuesday.

Christopher Ponce was granted $50,000 bond. He will have to wear a GPS monitor, an alcohol monitor and can't drive. He has been instructed not to leave his home except for doctor and attorney appointments.

The crash happened early last Thursday morning around 3 a.m. Investigators say Ponce was driving the wrong way in the north bound lanes of Interstate 275 near the I-4 interchange when he hit another car head-on.

The driver of that car, 20-year-old William Brooks Angel, was killed in the collision. Two other people in Angel's car were taken to the hospital with serious injuries.

Today's hearing included testimony from three Florida Highway Patrol officers and pictures from the crash scene.

Kevin Plummer, the headmaster of Tampa Preparatory School, and Robert Bradshaw, a history teacher at Tampa Preparatory School, testified on Ponce's behalf. Both said the believed he would comply with bond requirements.

Angel's mother and father were also at the hearing.

Ponce is charged with DUI manslaughter, two counts of DUI with serious bodily injury, two counts of reckless driving with serious bodily injury, and vehicular homicide.

Test results are pending to determine what Ponce's blood-alcohol content was. Judge Walter Heinrich said when those results come back, the prosecution could file a motion to send Ponce back to jail.

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