Former prosecutor responsible for fatal 2007 Ponte Vedra crash apprehended for DUI

Jacksonville, Fla. – Michael Gallagher, a former assistant federal attorney who spent seven years in prison for vehicular homicide in 2007, has been arrested again for DUI, according to St. Johns County jail records. Gallagher was granted early termination of his probation in 2017, two years before it was scheduled to end. On March 17, around 11:25 p.m., deputies initiated a traffic stop on a Kia hatchback on SR-16 for weaving within its lane of travel. Gallagher was driving and deputies reported smelling a strong odor of alcohol coming from his breath and glassy eyes. They asked him to step out of the vehicle due to his dog barking in the back seat and observed an open beer can on the floorboard in plain view. Gallagher denied doing any drugs or drinking and refused to perform field sobriety tests, reportedly telling the deputy, “I feel like you already made your decision.” In 2006, Gallagher rammed the back of a Chevrolet Tahoe on Florida A1A in Ponte Vedra, sending the SUV off the road and into a house under construction. Hastings, a passenger in the SUV, was thrown from the vehicle and died two days later. Gallagher, who was in a BMW, was not injured.

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