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Juan GonzalezDavie, FL — A grieving father, angry over the death of his son in an alleged drunk driving accident, was arrested at the courthouse Monday after attempting to knock the stupid out of the man accused in the boy’s death.

On June 12, 2011, Juan Gonzalez Jr. was riding his motorcycle when he slammed into a Jeep Cherokee driven by John Powers. Police allege Powers was attempting to make a u-turn from northbound State Road 7 at Orange Drive. Gonzalez, who was traveling south, slammed on his brakes to avoid hitting the Jeep. The motorcycle skidded, slid on its side, and slammed into the Jeep. Gonzalez died from his injuries the next day.

A Davie police officer noticed the smell of alcohol on Powers’ breath, and several empty beer cans were found in his vehicle. He blew a 0.15, which is nearly twice the legal limit.

Powers was ultimately charged with DUI manslaughter and manslaughter with an unlawful blood alcohol level. He pleaded not guilty Monday. The Gonzalez family was in attendance at that hearing.

After his arraignment, he headed to the restroom with a friend. It was there that Juan Gonzalez Jr’s. pissed off papa allegedly approached him.

Police say 56-year-old Juan Gonzalez followed Powers into the restroom.

“You killed my son,” Gonzales reportedly said. “I will be watching you.”

Powers’ buddy, 59-year-old Jay Israel, told police Gonzalez grabbed him by the throat. After releasing Israel, Gonzalez then began punching Powers about the head and face. When Powers fell to the floor, Israel said, Gonzalez began taunting him.

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A bloodied Powers beat feet out of the restroom and ran directly into a courtroom and tattled. Gonzalez was arrested before he was able to make it out of the courthouse.

Gonzalez has been charged with two counts of battery. No word on his bond/bail amount. Gonzalez has previously been charged with aggravated assault with a deadly weapon, leaving the scene of an accident and reckless driving after an arrest in 2006. He pleaded no contest on the charges and was sentenced to three years’ probation.

Powers made his $20,000 bond on the manslaughter charges, and is due to return to court in March.

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  • Abdulah Rome

    To me, DUI manslaughter makes no sense. You know drinking and driving is bad, you’re endangering everyone while you’re behind the wheel. Its like firing a revolver with only 1 round chambered and pulling the trigger repeatedly at a group of people, then you’re surprised when you discharge the round and shoot someone.

  • Jessie

    I am surprised this doesn’t happen more often after court proceedings.

  • Taster’sChoice

    Me too. Sometimes the justice system doesn’t hand out what everyone wants or expects. Like that kid who just got 10 years probation for killing 4 people who was *also* drunk. Don’t get me wrong, I like to drink too – I just do it at home…

  • Sam

    This is horrible for the father, and i wouldn’t wish losing a child on anyone, and i’m glad he knocked the bajeesus out of Powers, BUT… is anybody else getting the irony of daddy dearest admitting to dangerous driving and leaving the scene of an accident 5 years before this incident? Seems like the shoe could have easily been on the other foot…

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  • t3chsupp0rt

    I think 3 years probation is totally worth beating the hell out of the drunk driver that killed your kid.

  • VenusDoom3

    In the same situation, I’d have done the same thing.

  • thebossessecretary

    I bet the only thing he regrets is that he couldn’t have beat him to death in that bathroom.

  • Megan Stokes Abdin

    I would do the time gladly.

  • Buffettgirl

    You said it first – the guy is a hypocrite. Maybe he didn’t kill anyone, but when he got in the car and did what he did the chances were just as good that he could have killed someone as not. Added to that, he was a COWARD and fled the scene. I understand the grief over his son, but he needs to take a long hard look at his own actions before he attacks others for theirs.

  • beatlechick

    I think Mr. Gonzalez was acting on grief and lack of justice for his son. This man obviously loved his son and rightfully found Powers’ punishment way too lenient. If my child had died tragically at the hands of a drunk driver and that drunk driver basically got off, I would go apeshit too. Sometimes the punishment does not fit the crime. This is one such example.

  • James Baysinger

    He will probably only get probation for a simple battery charge…but getting to beat the hell out of the drunk that killed your son? Priceless. Bravo, Dad! Kudos on somehow being able to stop the ass-kicking before the dude was dead, I don’t think I could have stopped.

    Thanks, Jaded, shit like this makes me smile 😀

  • DarianTheBarbarian

    I’m having mixed feelings on this one. I feel like I couldn’t judge his actions, because I honestly don’t know what I would do in that situation. If he had killed my child, I probably would have fucking murdered him if I got the chance.

  • velvetjoneslives

    Well that is why it is manslaughter(look up the definition). Just because the guy was drunk doesn’t mean that was the reason for the accident. My guess is the lesser charge because it was truly an accident and not the result of gross negligence. Not defending the guy, but there is a higher standard of proof if you up the charges.

  • WarriorArtemis

    Can’t say I’d do much different. FUCK DRUNK DRIVERs!

  • JGo555

    What a fucking bitch. You killed his kid, take a fucking beating since you deserve it.