UPDATE: 7/10/2014, 11:27 a.m.
The former Miami Beach police officer convicted of hitting and severely injuring two people while joy-riding on the beach on a police all-terrain vehicle was sentenced in Miami-Dade Court Thursday.
A judge orders former officer Derick Kuilan to serve 18 months in prison.
Kuilan was convicted last month of reckless driving but was acquitted of driving under the influence in the accident that occurred in July 2011.
MIAMI (AP) _ A former Miami Beach police officer convicted of striking and seriously injuring two people while joy-riding with a woman on the beach using a police all-terrain vehicle will be back in court.
Former officer Derick Kuilan was convicted last month of reckless driving but acquitted of driving under the influence. Prosecutors say Kuilan was legally drunk while on duty in 2011 when he invited a woman at a South Beach nightclub bachelorette party to take the beach ATV ride.
Evidence showed that Kuilan had a blood-alcohol level above Florida's 0.08 legal limit. But the defense showed a second blood test that put Kulian's alcohol level below the limit, some five hours after the crash.
Kuilan, who did not testify, faces five years in prison at Thursday's hearing for the reckless driving with serious bodily injury charge.