Miami-Dade Commissioner Jose “Pepe” Diaz Found Not Guilty in Key West DUI Case

Miami-Dade Commissioner Jose "Pepe" Diaz has been found not guilty in his Key West DUI case.

Jurors heard closing arguments Wednesday before quickly deliberating the case.

"I want to start out by thanking God, this has been quite a roller coaster, it's very emotional," Diaz said after Wednesday's hearing.

Diaz had pleaded not guilty to the DUI charge, which stemmed from his arrest this past October.

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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