By CRA News Service
A prominent West Palm Beach traffic attorney who once ran for circuit court judge was arrested on a DUI charge this morning after authorities said he rear-ended another car near downtown West Palm Beach.
William Abramson, 45 of Wellington, was released to his own custody at about 10:30 a.m.
Shortly before 1:30 a.m., Abramson was driving his gray 4-door Dodge north on Quadrille when he struck a blue 4-door car as it was turning onto Hibiscus Street, according to the arrest report. Jerickson Santiago told police he was in the right hand lane and had activated his turn signal to turn right on Hibiscus when the crash happened, according to the arrest report.
Abramson’s Dodge had heavy damage on its front end and Santiago’s car sustained minor rear-end damage, police said.
When officers arrived, they found Abramson sitting on a ledge in front of City Palms. They could smell alcohol in his breath and Abramson’s eyes were reportedly bloodshot and glassy, according to the arrest report.
Abramson refused to submit to roadside tests to determine the presence of alcohol, police said.
Abramson defeated incumbent Circuit Judge Richard Wennet in 2008, but the Florida Supreme Court ruled that he could not serve as a judge because he had been suspended from practicing law for 91 days for creating “havoc” at a jury trial before Wennet.
Mistakes in the Palm Beach County Supervisor of Elections Office prompted weeks of recounts and legal squabbling.
The Florida Bar also suspended Abramson’s law license in April 2009, according to the Florida Bar website. It was later reinstated in December 2009.