Law & Crime Report
A 34-year-old politician in Florida was arrested over the weekend after he was pulled over for driving erratically, then tried to flee from police and was later found to be drunk and in possession of more than 10 grams of cocaine, police say. Palm Bay City Council member Peter Joseph Filiberto was taken into custody Saturday evening at approximately 9:05 p.m. and charged with one count each of possession of a controlled substance, reckless driving, DUI, and operating a motorcycle without a license, court records reviewed by Law&Crime show.
According to a sworn affidavit of probable cause, an officer with the City of Palm Bay Police Department on the evening of Feb. 11 spotted a 2019 Honda motorcycle speeding on Sago Palm Street. The driver – later identified as Filiberto – then ran several stop signs as he continued to drive “well above the 25mph posted speed limit,” the officer wrote.
The officer then activated his police lights and attempted to conduct a traffic stop on the motorcycle. The driver initially began to accelerate until the officer turned on his siren, at which time the officer said Filiberto “looks back and began to pull to the right of the roadway.”
“As I stopped my marked patrol car and began to exit, the defendant attempted to make a u-turn to what appeared to [be an attempt to] flee from the traffic stop,” the officer wrote in the affidavit. “When doing the u-turn, the defendant lost control of the motorcycle and fell over. At this time, I approached the defendant and placed him into custody for reckless driving.”
Florida councilman fell off motorcycle trying to flee traffic stop, had more than 10g of cocaine in sock: Police