Hit and run suspect tries to get charges dropped

Palm Harbor, Florida -- The man accused of running over a bouncer outside a Palm Harbor club and taking off is set to turn himself in Wednesday.

However, his attorney told 10 News they were going to talk with the investigators about getting his charges dropped. He's claiming it is a case of "self-defense"

But the victim -- who may never walk again -- isn't buying that and his attorney said the surveillance video from the Palm Harbor night club clearly shows a driver running over the bouncer.

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In the video the bouncer, Doug Berube, and a DJ approach Jack Aube in his car. The video then shows Aube run over the bouncer.

Berube is in a hospital, hoping he can walk again one day.

Aube's attorney Barry Cohen said his client feared for his life when Berube and the club DJ came to his car and started demanding he get out. Cohen said Florida's Stand Your Ground law applies, because his client feared for his life.

"They put their hands through his window, grabbed his shirt, and started cursing at him, 'MF get out of the car. MF this, MF that, get out of the car,'" said Cohen.

The surveillance looks incriminating and that plays well for the bouncer's attorney Mark Roman.

"Stand your ground is all the rage among defense attorneys these days," said Roman. "People think these days, they can act with impunity. He was run over and whoever did it had to know they had run over a human being or a telephone pole."

Roman said his client just wanted to talk with Aube about someone else he was with inside the club, who had fled after pulling a gun inside. Roman says Cohen's argument that Aube did not know he had run someone over falls apart when you look at the video.

FHP said it wants to thank the public for all their tips and leads after sending out a picture of Aube when he was first suspected of this hit and run.


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