POLK COUNTY, Fla. – On July 19, 2022, PCSO Traffic Homicide detectives arrested 39-year-old Mark Anthony Poe of Frostproof for DUI Manslaughter (F2).
Poe was the at-fault driver in a two-vehicle crash that occurred on June 26, 2022, in Lake Wales that killed a 27-year-old Lake Wales woman.
At that time, he was charged with one count of vehicular homicide, and was released from jail on July 1, 2022, after posting a bond in the amount of $100,000.
A search warrant was obtained for blood collected from Poe at the time of his admission to the hospital. The blood was sent to FDLE for analysis, and the results were returned revealing Poe had a blood alcohol level of .277 grams of alcohol per 100 ml of blood. The legal threshold for DUI is 0.08 grams of alcohol per 100 ml of blood. Detectives obtained a warrant for his arrest on July 19th and he was taken into custody the same day.
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“At more than three times the legal limit, it is obvious Mr. Poe has a blatant disregard for life. Because of his bad decision to drive drunk, an innocent woman’s life was cut short. My heart breaks for the family of the victim. And while it won’t bring back their loved one, our detectives will do all they can to hold Mr. Poe accountable for his actions,” said Polk County Sheriff Grady Judd.
Poe was transported to the Polk County Jail where he is being held without bond until a first appearance hearing this afternoon.