A Tampa man has been charged with DUI after hitting a deputy's vehicle while undercover deputies were investigating a marijuana grow area, according to the Hillsborough County Sheriff's Office.
Around 7:50 p.m. Sunday, deputies were confiscating marijuana discovered growing in the mangroves just north of the Courtney Campbell Causeway boat ramp when deputies say Yasiel Martinez struck the rear of an occupied deputy's vehicle.
Deputies say the suspect showed signs of being under the influence of alcohol. DUI deputies responded to the scene to conduct an investigation.
Martinez, 26, provided BAC readings of .143/.144. Martinez was arrested and charged with driving under the influence.
A total of 68 mature marijuana plants were uprooted and seized from the mangroves. A total weight of approximately 77 lbs with a street value of approximately $114,500.