A Miami Beach police officer involved in a dangerous ATV crash on South Beach that seriously injured two people surrendered to authorities Tuesday to face DUI and reckless driving charges related to the on-duty crash.
Officer Derick Kuilan, 30, was allegedly partying and drinking with women at a bachelorette party while on duty in July, just before he crashed his ATV with a woman he had met at the party.
Kuilan was released from Miami-Dade jail after posting $30,000 bail Tuesday. He refused to comment.
State Attorney Katherine Fernandez Rundle released a photo of Kuilan and his partner, Officer Rolando Gutierrez, posing with women from a bachelorette party, allegedly taken July 2.
Both men were in uniform in the compromising picture.
“It is mind-boggling that they felt comfortable enough to do something like that,” Police Chief Noriega said at a press conference Tuesday. “It was reckless.”
According to an arrest report, the behavior of Kuilan and Gutierrez "was so unprofessional that all five women did not believe they were real police officers,"
Police said Kuilan, who was on duty, gave one of the women, Adelee Sharie Martin, a ride on his ATV.
At around 5 a.m., the two allegedly crashed the speeding ATV into two other people who were on the beach, police said. Kuilan was driving with his headlights off, the arrest report said.
Kitzie Nicanor, 28, from Seattle, Wash., and Luis Almonte, 29, from North Miami, were seriously injured in the crash, police said.
Another woman at the bachelorette party claimed Kuilan and Gutierez had been drinking with them, the arrest report stated. Kuilan's blood alcohol level was .088, just over the legal limit to drive, a report stated.
Kuilan and Gutierrez were fired earlier this month following a pre-determination hearing.
Miami Beach Mayor Matti Herrera Bower said Kuilan had met a woman at the Clevelander Hotel, and officials said Gutierrez, who was not involved in the ATV crash, had also been at the hotel.