Eric Christopher Swearingen of West Palm Beach faced additional charges after police received results of forced blood alcohol tests.
A judge on Tuesday added a DUI charge against Eric Christopher Swearingen, who police said hit a pedestrian and fled on July 12.
The 21-year-old victim was crossing the street near Cucina around 12:30 a.m. when she was hit. Her injuries include multiple fractures to her spine, a fractured pelvis and two broken legs, a police report said.
She has undergone at least four surgeries, including the insertion of pins and plates to reconstruct the femur of her right leg, the report said.
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The newest charge against Swearingen, 29, of West Palm Beach, came after police on July 29 received the results of a forced blood draw that had to be performed when he refused to submit to blood alcohol testing after the crash, the report said.
The forced blood draw took place seven hours after the crash and revealed that Swearingen had residual blood alcohol levels of 0.209 and 0.210, the report said. The legal blood alcohol limit for driving in Florida is below 0.08 percent.
He also refused to submit to roadside sobriety tests and refused to sign his Miranda warning card, the report said.
Palm Beach Circuit Court Judge Rose Marie Scher added the new charge of driving under the influence causing serious bodily injury, set bond at $15,000 and gave Swearingen 48 hours to surrender or risk arrest with no bond, records show.
Swearingen, who did not attend the hearing, turned himself in to Palm Beach County Jail on Wednesday and was released four hours later after posting the $15,000 bond, records show. Conditions of the bond dictate that he is not allowed to drive and is subject to random drug and alcohol testing.
The day after the crash, Swearingen posted $25,000 bond on an initial charge of leaving the scene of a crash involving serious bodily injury. At that time, he was charged with two counts of hit-and-run and failure to appear, records show.
Swearingen fled after striking the young woman, and then refused to stop even after a witness chased him and attempted to take his keys away, police said.
Police found Swearingen near his house sitting on the ground next to his car, which had extensive front end damage, windshield damage, a missing tire, a flat tire and the woman's make-up smeared on the hood, the report said.
Through his attorney, Swearingen filed a plea of “not guilty” and demanded a jury trial.
Public records show that Swearingen owns a company called Sinners Club Inc. based in Lake Worth.
Records also show Swearingen was previously charged in Pennsylvania in 2012 with reckless driving, careless driving, speeding, failure to obey a traffic signal, fleeing an officer, and driving without lights to avoid arrest. He also was found guilty of driving without a license in 2017 in Palm Beach County.