Miami Police Arrest Coworker For Drunk Driving After He Was Found Passed Out In Car With Gun

Miami police arrested and charged one of their own with driving under the influence after he was allegedly found passed out in a car with a gun.

According to an arrest affidavit, Miami police were dispatched shortly before 7 p.m. Tuesday to a location where Joevanih Sauvagere, 31, was being held in the back of a police cruiser.

When the responding officer opened the door to speak to Sauvagere, they “smelled a very strong odor of an alcoholic beverage” coming from his breath, the affidavit states.

Sauvagere also reportedly had “bloodshot, watery eyes” and drooping eyelids.

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Joevanih Sauvagere, 31, was arrested and charged with driving under the influence on October 31, 2023. (Miami-Dade County Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation)

Cops said the responding officer asked Sauvagere to perform field sobriety tests and he refused. Firefighters and paramedics were called to the scene because the suspect was not feeling well.

The arrest affidavit said the first officer to discover Sauvagere worked with Miami-Dade Schools Police and had been flagged down about a silver vehicle with “the driver passed out at the wheel.” Once the school district official confirmed the report, they attempted to make contact with Sauvagere by banging on the car window in which loud music was playing.

Sauvagere allegedly turned down the music, rolled down the window and was then ordered to park the car. Instead, police say, he put the vehicle in reverse, backed up about two feet, stopped and then put the car in park.

Around the same time, a Miami police lieutenant was on his way back to a substation when they spotted what was happening and stopped to help.

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The Sunny Isles Beach Florida skyline and Porsche Design Tower are pictured in Miami, Florida on July 11, 2023. (GIORGIO VIERA/AFP via Getty Images)

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Miami police responded to the scene, where one of their number was allegedly passed out behind the wheel of a car to the sound of loud music. (Photo by Joe Raedle/Getty Images)

The school district official noticed a gun in Sauvagere’s lap, according to the arrest record, and held the suspect at gunpoint. The Miami police lieutenant grabbed the gun and pulled it out of the vehicle, while Sauvagere “nodded.”

Once more units arrived, Sauvagere was removed from his vehicle and detained.

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Sauvagere was then taken to Jackson Memorial Hospital for stomach pains, but he refused to provide a blood sample, according to local WSVN.

Sauvagere was released, according to reports, but Miami police did not say whether his job was in jeopardy because of the drunken driving charge.

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