Police: Drunk driver wipes out hydrant, 4 parked cars

Alachua County booking photo of Sergio Jose Galindo Hashmo
Alachua County booking photo of Sergio Jose Galindo Hashmo

GAINESVILLE, Fla. – A 22-year-old Gainesville man was arrested early Friday after police said he drove drunk, took out a fire hydrant and crashed into four parked cars on SW 6th Street.

Sergio Jose Galindo Hashmo is charged with DUI with significant property damage, leaving the scene of a crash, resisting arrest and lying to police.

According to the Gainesville Police Department, Hashmo was driving a full-sized Dodge truck around 2 a.m. Friday and left the roadway, hitting a fire hydrant and snapping it off at the base. He continued into the parking lot, hitting four parked vehicles, resulting in significant damage, police said.

Police said Hashmo jumped out of the truck and began walking away.

Witnesses pointed Hashmo out to one of the officers who responded to the scene and Hashmo immediately ran south on SW 5th Street, police said. Two officers pursued him, and he continued to run away, jumping fences and running through a creek just north of Tumbling Creek Park.

After a long foot chase, Hashmo was captured on SW 8th Street.

Although he denied being the driver, Hashmo was identified by several witnesses, police said.

Damage to the five vehicles was extensive and the impact to the fire hydrant severed the supply line, causing water to flood the parking lot. Gainesville Regional Utilities had to be called out to turn off the spewing hydrant.

Police could only find one of the vehicle owners. Her vehicle was towed because of the extensive damage. A towing compnay helped police separate the other parked vehicles that had been hit. They were left in the parking lot, and cards were left on them with the crash information.

Police said Hashmo's blood alcohol level was recorded at 0.136 and 0.139. He is being held without bond in the Alachua County Jail.