Bradley Ruben, a professional poker player from Florida, has been charged with failure to remain at the scene of a car crash on Interstate 95 in Broward County as well as resisting arrest after allegedly crashing into and eventually killing a man who was assisting his wife who had been involved in a separate accident.
On May 16, Wednesday, the 32-year-old poker pro told police that he had eaten a marijuana-laced edible before the crash. He was not charged with DUI even if he admitted that consuming the edible affected his driving. Ruben did submit for a blood draw when he was arrested.
On Thursday, Bradley Rubens appeared on court wherein he was ordered to pay $100,000 bond or remain in jail until trial. Ruben is a realtor and a professional poker player with lifetime live tournament winnings of $368,000. Even so, Rubens' attorney told the judge that given the charges his client faces, the amount of the bond is "incredibly excessive". The attorney also argued that Ruben only had gone about a quarter of a mile and was sitting on a railing when the police arrived.
According to police reports, Aleshandra Favre was involved in an accident earlier and had called for a tow truck. She also called her husband, Juan Pedro Garcia, for assistance. As Favre's car was being loaded by the tow truck, Ruben crashed into the rear of the husband's car that resulted in serious injuries. He was rushed to North Broward Hospital, where he later died.
According to the report, the tow truck driver said that Ruben remained in the scene for only a few moments and then fled. Broward Sheriff's Office deputy found Ruben a quarter of a mile from where the accident happened. The reports say that Ruben was irate and combative. After a brief struggle, he was handcuffed.
Once in custody, Ruben admitted to investigators about consuming a marijuana-laced edible before the crash and said that the edible has "affected him." A county prosecutor argued that Ruben is a flight risk given his behavior after the accident.