Gainesville Police officers arrest woman for $25,000 DUI hit-and-run

Published: Jan. 21, 2023 at 6:15 PM EST
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GAINESVILLE, Fla. (WCJB) - Gainesville Police officers arrested 23-year-old Valentina Cardenas late Friday night after a hit-and-run causing thousands in damages.

Cardenas, under the influence of alcohol and LSD, hit a nearby parked car causing approximately $20,000 in damages. The victim’s car was pushed into another nearby vehicle, causing approximately $5,000 in damages.

A nearby witness of the crash chased Cardenas as she left the scene without leaving her information or calling law enforcement officers.

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The witness made contact with Cardenas in the Oaks Mall parking lot, where Gainesville Police Department was called.

GPD officers arrested Cardenas for driving under the influence. A small, clear bottle with traces of LSD inside was later found on Cardenas.

Cardenas was charged for the hit-and-run, DUI, and possessing of a controlled substance without a prescription. She is currently awaiting trial.

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