An assistant Broward County state attorney was arrested on DUI and other charges Tuesday.
Alim Babayev, 37, was arrested on charges of DUI with damage to the property or person of another and leaving the scene of a crash involving damage to property, Broward jail records showed.
The arrest was made by the Florida Highway Patrol just before 8 p.m.
According to an arrest report, Babayev was driving a white Ford Crown Vic that struck two cars in the northbound lanes of Interstate 95 near Broward Boulevard.
The report said Babayev abandoned the car in the right hand lane of I-95 between Sunrise Boulevard and Oakland Park Boulevard and started walking on I-95.
When troopers found Babayev, he had a strong odor of alcohol on his breath, the report said. He denied being involved in a crash but refused to perform field sobriety exercises, the report said.
Babayev was booked into jail and later released, and attorney information wasn't available.
Officials with the Broward State Attorney’s Office said Babayev is assigned to the felony trial unit but has been suspended without pay until the case is resolved.
"Our office will ask the governor to assign this case to another state attorney’s office to avoid any potential appearance of a conflict of interest. After the case is concluded, the state attorney and chief assistant state attorney will review the matter and make a decision regarding the future employment of the accused person," the office said in a statement.