Miami DUI pickup truck driver who killed two must remain jailed!

Miami-Dade Circuit judge refuses bail of drunk truck driver who killed two.

Miami, FL (JusticeNewsFlash.com)–Thomas D. Cypress, the 54 year-old brother of Miccosukee Indian tribe Chairman Billy Cypress and a former Everglades airboat driver, was ordered to stay behind bars by a Miami judge on Thursday for two driving under the influence (DUI) manslaughter charges. As reported by the Miami Herald, the court ruling, by the judge, came after prosecuting attorneys argued a strong case. Miami-Dade County District Attorneys cited Cypress’ blood alcohol level was three times the legal limit when he plowed his pickup truck into the motor vehicle of two retired school teachers from Maryland on Tamiami Trail. The crash killed the Maryland couple.

Cypress’ criminal lawyer had requested he be released to a substance abuse treatment center which is culturally sensitive to Native Americans. The judge refused because none of the proposed treatment centers were locked facilities. Prosecuting attorneys presented Cypress’ prior driving history. Cypress was on a Broward County, Florida bond and awaiting trial for a July DUI arrest, in Davie, when he wrecked his pickup truck killing the innocent driver and passenger. Cypress had been arrested twice before the Broward County bond for DUI in 2004 and 1997.

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