The pediatric dentist didn’t stand a chance.
According to police, a drunk driver drove into the Ocala building this weekend.
A Facebook post from the Ocala Police Department said officers were sent to Healthy Smiles Dentistry at around 12:30 a.m. Sunday regarding an accident. Officers were near the crash site, which occurred at the busy main intersection of 10th Street, TUSEN 35 Orlando reported.
At the scene, officers were able to see a Chevrolet Equinox causing “major damage” to the building. The white SUV was a total loss and stood in the middle of the dark street. Surveillance video shows the moment the vehicle entered the building.
The driver, identified as Gabriel Hausy, 22, was no longer in the vehicle. A witness described the appearance of the suspect and officers were able to see the suspect from a distance. When Hausy realized he had been spotted, he started running, the post said.
During the “brief foot chase”, another officer in a vehicle spotted Hausy; eventually he was detained.
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Police investigations revealed that de Hausy was the registered owner of the Equinox and that he had purchased alcoholic beverages at a bar about an hour and a half before the crash.
Hausy agreed to submit to a breath test and the results were 0.14 percent, well above Florida’s legal limit of 0.08 percent.
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The suspect was arrested on suspicion of driving under the influence with material damage, non-violent resistance to an officer and leaving the scene of an accident with material damage.
“To end!” an officer yells in bodycam footage, which is a clip of the take-down.
“Put your hands behind your back!” shouts the officer. “Put your hands behind your back!”
“Please!” shouts the suspect, whose face is on the ground, while he is handcuffed.
There were no injuries, but damage to the pediatric dentist’s building was “catastrophic,” the department noted.
A few hours after the crash, Healthy Smiles sent a message to patients on social media, notifying them of the situation and showing a photo of a one-story office, which looks ruined, with police tape all over it:
“We are saddened to say that our office was badly damaged by a vehicle last night,” the post said. “Our family is distraught after the opening of our new building less than a year ago, but are confident that we will weather this setback.”
No one answered the phone at the office on Wednesday.
“Drunk driving is truly a reckless decision and there are serious consequences for such negligent behavior,” Ocala PD said. “Unfortunately, a man ignored this fact and caused catastrophic property damage to a nearby building. It should remind us that this kind of dangerous driving can have devastating consequences.”