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Miami police: N. Charleston fire capt. charged with DUI, nearly runs over cop

Police say they have arrested a North Charleston Fire Department captain after he nearly ran over a police officer in Miami Beach on Memorial Day.

The Miami Beach Police Department charged Carlos Lakeith King with DUI with property damage and refusal to take a breathalyzer.
 
According to investigators, King was traveling at a high rate of speed on Washington Avenue when he almost struck a police officer. Authorities say as a result of King's actions a "police involved shooting took place."

A police report states that King's vehicle then crashed head on with a parked police patrol car which was stopped in the road due to a separate shooting investigation.

Officers at the scene say they detected a strong odor of alcohol from King's breath. Officers say they also noticed that King had blood shot eyes, unsteady balance, appeared confused and had slurred speech.

At one point, King spoke to police detailing his account of the events.

"I don't know what happened. I was driving south on Washington Avenue behind a car that was cruising too slow. I drove around him and the traffic light was red," King said. "I crashed into the police car that was parked in the middle of the street."

King also said,"I am not drunk. I only had one beer, no...maybe two or three."

According to North Charleston Fire Department officials, King has been with the department for 17 years.

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