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|Plywood covers damage to home.|
Now let's look at the law.
316.061 Crashes involving damage to vehicle or property.—
(1) The driver of any vehicle involved in a crash resulting only in damage to a vehicle or other property which is driven or attended by any person shall immediately stop such vehicle at the scene of such crash or as close thereto as possible, and shall forthwith return to, and in every event shall remain at, the scene of the crash until he or she has fulfilled the requirements of s. 316.062. A person who violates this subsection commits a misdemeanor of the second degree, punishable as provided in s. 775.082 or s. 775.083.
316.062 Duty to give information and render aid.—
(1) The driver of any vehicle involved in a crash resulting in . . . damage to any vehicle or other property which is driven or attended by any person shall give his . . . name, address, and the registration number of the vehicle he . . . is driving, and shall upon request and if available exhibit his or her license or permit to drive, to any person . . . or to the driver or occupant of or person attending any vehicle or other property damaged in the crash and shall give such information and, upon request, exhibit such license or permit to any police officer at the scene of the crash or who is investigating the crash . . ..
Let's just forget about the "and shall give such information and, upon request, exhibit such license or permit to any police officer at the scene of the crash or who is investigating the crash."
So long as Drew provided the owner of the house he crashed into his (1) name, (2) address, (3) registration number, (4) and his license , if requested, it would seem that he has complied with the law according to his father, the mayor, and apparently the Chief of the Orlando Police Department since these cases are usually charged as soon as they find out who the person is. The only thing is we don't really know what information Drew gave to the home owner that night. Only the Chief of the Orlando Police Department, his friend - Buddy the Mayor, and the home owner knows.
So, let's say that some night in the future at about 1 AM you hear a large crash. You wake up and run outside to find a car plowed into the side of your house. Remember the four things to get from that driver before you tell him, "Hey, no problem. I'll call the police and deal with them. You young kids can go and finish you night! Have fun!"
Back to reality. Leaving the scene of an accident is one of the best defenses for Driving Under the Influence. Once the driver leaves the scene it is nearly impossible to find probable cause for a DUI because it is impossible to establish the time of consumption. That is not to suggest that Drew was DUI. It is to question why a citation for "leaving the Scene of an Accident" was not issued upon identifying the driver.