OCALA, Fla. – An accused drunk driver is behind bars and a dentist’s office is badly damaged after an accident in Ocala.
Incredible video shows the moments Ocala police say 22-year-old Gabriel Hausy crashed into Healthy Smiles Dentistry on 10th Street near the intersection with 2nd Avenue.
It hit two walls at Healthy Smiles Dentistry, which will need quite a bit of repair work before things get back to normal. Hausy also destroyed his Chevy Equinox in the process.
The Ocala Police Department is only half a mile away, so officers were quick to arrive after the accident occurred.
They said that Hausy had run away, but they caught him nearby.
“It’s something where he could easily have lost his life, but luckily no one was hurt,” said Ocala Police Department public information officer Jeff Walczak.
Police say Hausy had a blood alcohol level of .14, nearly double the legal limit.
“Inside his vehicle, there were receipts from a local bar that had alcoholic beverages that were purchased just an hour and a half before the accident,” Walczak explained.
An accused drunk driver is behind bars and a dentist’s office is badly damaged after an accident in Ocala. [Credit: Ocala Police Dept.]
Right next to the crash site is the Ocala Boxing Academy. Boxing trainer Juan Quintero says he often makes his students run around in the parking lot, which runs right along 10th Street.
“We have a lot of kids here and people are speeding up all the time,” Quintero said.
He says people drive that way, “like there’s no tomorrow.”
“The accident was very bad, I hope they can do something about it, because people are driving like crazy,” he added.
Hausy is no stranger to the law.
He was arrested for domestic battery in 2020.
He had also been charged almost exactly a year ago with leaving the scene of a property damage accident in Hernando County and then running from officers. They caught him in Marion County.
For this recent arrest, Walczak had this message:
“Don’t drink and drive. If alcohol is in your plans, find a rideshare company, designate a sober driver, just do the right thing.”
Hausy is charged with DUI causing property damage and fleeing the scene… as well as resisting arrest. He has a court date on February 20.