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Ex-Miami Beach Cop Convicted of Reckless Driving

Acquitted of DUI Charges



    The jury in the case of Miami Beach Police Officer Derek Kuilan is deliberating his fate ater a trial for his joyride on an ATV. (Published Monday, June 9, 2014)

    A Miami-Dade County jury delivered a split verdict in a trail of a former Miami Beach Police officer that stemmed from a 2011 ATV joyride that left two people seriously injured.

    The jury convicted ex-Miami Beach Police officer Derick Kuilan of two felony counts of reckless driving with serious injury. However, the jury acquitted Kuilan on two more charges of DUI with bodily injury to another.

    The verdict came around 6:45 p.m. just hours after the jury began deliberating the case Monday afternoon.

    Prosecutors said 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 said in closing arguments he used bad judgment, but committed no crime.

    Kuilan did not testify in his defense during the trial.

    The guilty verdict means Kuilan could face up to five years in prison. He was taken into custody to await sentencing after the verdict was read.

    Ex-Officer Won't Testify in Miami Beach ATV Crash Trial

    [MI] Ex-Officer Won't Testify in Miami Beach ATV Crash Trial
    A former Miami Beach police officer says he won't testify in his trial on four felony charges stemming from a 2011 crash in which he struck and seriously injured two people while joy-riding with a woman on a police all-terrain vehicle. NBC 6's Hank Tester reports.
    (Published Wednesday, June 4, 2014)