DUI Trial Begins for Miami-Dade Commissioner Jose “Pepe” Diaz

The Key West DUI trial for Miami-Dade Commissioner Jose "Pepe" Diaz got underway Tuesday.

A jury was selected and opening statements were heard before prosecutors called the two officers who pulled over Diaz to the stand. Video of the traffic stop was also played.

Diaz has pleaded not guilty to the charge, which stems from his arrest this past October. He offered no comment after Tuesday's hearing.

Key West police said Diaz was arrested after he stopped his Harley-Davidson motorcycle and it fell down because he failed to put the kick stand down. Diaz reportedly was doing 74 mph in a 30 mph speed zone before he was stopped.

Police said they placed him in handcuffs after he failed field sobriety tests, which included swaying during an eye test and losing his balance while trying to walk a straight line.

In court Tuesday, Diaz's attorney argued that there's no real proof the commissioner was unstable.

Diaz was elected to the Miami-Dade Board of County Commissioners in September 2002. He was reelected in August 2014.

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