Testimony ends in ex-officer's ATV crash trial

AP News
Posted: Jun 09, 2014 11:55 AM

MIAMI (AP) — Testimony has ended in the trial of a former Miami Beach police officer charged in a 2011 crash in which he struck and seriously injured two people while joy-riding with a woman on a police all-terrain vehicle.

A prosecutor and ex-officer Derick Kuilan's attorney will present closing arguments later Monday. After that, jurors will begin deliberating.

Prosecutors say Kuilan was drinking while on duty when he invited a woman at a South Beach nightclub bachelorette party to take the ATV ride. Kuilan's lawyer says he used bad judgment but committed no crime. Kuilan did not testify.

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Kuilan is charged with two counts each of driving under the influence and reckless driving, both with serious bodily injury.

Each charge is punishable by five years in prison.