Assistant State Attorney for Broward County charged with DUI

POMPANO BEACH, FLA. (WSVN) - A Broward County Assistant State Attorney has been arrested and charged with driving under the influence and leaving the scene of an accident.

Alim Babayev was arrested by Florida Highway Patrol troopers on Tuesday after he allegedly left the scene of a crash with property damage.

According to the arrest form, Babayev was headed northbound on Interstate 95, near Broward Boulevard, when he struck two vehicles, around 6:45 pm., Tuesday.

The arrest report said Babayev abandoned his vehicle on I-95 between Sunrise Boulevard and Oakland Park Boulevard shortly after the crash.

That’s when, police said, a witness spotted Babayev and called 911.

According to the report, the witness told police that “the driver walked to his vehicle and begged him to let him inside and also told him that he would give him anything he wants.”

Troopers eventually arrived at the scene and took Babayev into custody.

Police said he smelled of alcohol but refused to take a field sobriety test or a breath test.

Babayev was being held on $1,000 bond before posting it, Wednesday afternoon.

Officials with the Broward State Attorney’s Office issued a statement following the arrest:

“Mr. Babayev is suspended without pay until the case is resolved. Our office will ask the governor to assign this case to another state attorney’s office to avoid any potential appearance of a conflict of interest. After the case is concluded, the state attorney and chief assistant state attorney will review the matter and make a decision regarding the future employment of the accused person.”

Babayev worked in the Felony Trial Unit.