It was around 3:00 p.m. on a Sunday when a father and his 5-year-old son were out riding bikes in Boynton Beach, a city located just minutes away from Boca Raton. As the two were riding on the 3400 block of South Seacrest Boulevard, the Palm Beach Post reported that one of the bikes veered in front of a 2014 Mercedes-Benz S-550 being driven by former professional wrestler Mark “Van Hammer” Hildreth. The source says that the left-front corner of the Mercedes struck the bike, sending it on top of the hood.
As bystanders went to help the child, Hildreth was seen driving off, then getting out of his vehicle and yelling to the witnesses that the child had jumped out in front of him. Witnesses say he then proceeded to get back in his vehicle and drive off. Bystanders yelled for Hildreth to stop, although he continued driving until he reached his residence. The police were then called and eventually found Hildreth sitting on his porch steps. Officers say Hildreth was slurring his words and staggering and had alcohol on his breath.
Although Hildreth initially denied having anything to drink, he then admitted to officers that he had some drinks the night before. He also told officers that the child rode out in front of him and he decided to leave after being “berated” by the witnesses present at the accident scene. After Hildreth refused to a breath test and field tests, he was arrested. Officers later estimated that he had been traveling at around 58 mph in a 35-mph zone.
Hildreth was booked into a Palm Beach County Jail and was granted $125,000 bail with an option for house arrest. Prosecutors shared that Hildreth was also arrested for DUI in Georgia back in 2004.
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