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Two high-profile DUI cases in Tallahassee are slated to go before a judge Wednesday, according to court dockets.
Pretrial conferences are set for Evan Power, a lobbyist and Leon County Republican Party Chair, and Greg Turbeville, a lobbyist at Ballard Partners.
That’s at 1 p.m. before Leon County Judge Monique Richardson.
Power was arrested in December and charged with misdemeanor driving under the influence with property damage.
Power crashed his 2015 Infiniti into another parked vehicle on Eighth Avenue near Cherry Street in midtown Tallahassee, police said. The wreck was witnessed and called in by an off-duty officer walking his dog.
He has pleaded not guilty, saying he was “tired and a distracted driver and made a mistake. I will be using the court system to set the record straight.” Power refused to take a breath test, police said.
Turbeville, who also has pleaded not guilty, was arrested and charged in March with drunken driving and hit-and-run after he reportedly crashed his BMW into a parked car in Tallahassee’s Old Town neighborhood.
He was given a Miranda warning, then “refused to speak” to officers, and refused to perform field sobriety tests, police said.
Turbeville also refused a breath test, was taken to Tallahassee Memorial Hospital “and was quickly medically cleared for the jail,” according to a report.
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The Revenue Estimating Conference will analyze the communications services tax and the gross receipts tax. That’s at 9 a.m., 117 Knott Building.
The Florida Commission on Offender Review will meet at 9 a.m., Betty Easley Conference Center, 4075 Esplanade Way, Tallahassee.
The state Re-employment Assistance Appeals Commission will meet at 9:30 a.m., Re-employment Assistance Appeals Commission, 101 Rhyne Building, 2740 Centerview Dr., Tallahassee.
The Agency for Health Care Administration is scheduled to hold a rule-making workshop about the Medicaid payment methodology for inpatient hospital services. That’s at 11 a.m., Agency for Health Care Administration, Building 3, 2727 Mahan Dr., Tallahassee.
The Southwest Florida Refugee Task Force will meet at 1 p.m., Florida Department of Health, 2200 Ringling Blvd., Sarasota.
The Social Services Estimating Conference will analyze expenditures in the KidCare subsidized health-insurance program. That’s at 1:30 p.m., 117 Knott Building.