The Florida Department of Law Enforcement had chemists look at a blood sample from David Lanier following a deadly car accident in St. Cloud, Florida. The FDLE investigation led to DUI manslaughter charges being dropped as the tests could not determine the amount of cocaine in the driver’s system. That didn’t stop prosecutors from running another set of tests at the University of Florida and now they are filing new DUI manslaughter charges. The only problem is they can’t find Lanier now.
Police originally charged Lanier with the DUI charges as they believed he was impaired due to his cocaine use. Lanier admitted to using cocaine but he said the last time he took the drug was three days before the accident. A search of his car turned up marijuana, drug paraphernalia and syringes with coke residue. FDLE tests found cocaine and Xanax in Lanier’s system but the case was dropped due to no statewide definition of impairment for cocaine