Singer DaniLeigh Arrested for Alleged DUI, Leaving Victim With Fractured Spine

DaniLeigh Booking Photo (Credit: Miami-Dade Department of Corrections)

Singer and dancer DaniLeigh was arrested on suspicion of DUI and hit-and-run early Tuesday morning in Miami Beach, Florida, following a crash that left a motorist on a moped with a kidney laceration and spinal fracture, authorities said.

The victim was transported to Ryder Trauma Center with injuries that are not life threatening, according to the police report obtained by Urban Hollywood 411.

DaniLeigh, whose real name is Danielle Leigh Curiel, was driving a gray Mercedes Benz G550 when the accident happened and allegedly fled the scene.

“At about 12:53 a.m., officers were dispatched to the area of 11th Street and Washington Avenue about an accident involving a vehicle and a scooter,” the police report said.

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DaniLeigh arrives at the 2022 MTV Video Music Awards held at the Prudential Center on August 28, 2022 in Newark, New Jersey, United States. — Photo by imagepressagency
DaniLeigh arrives at the 2022 MTV Video Music Awards. (Credit: Imagepressagency)

Witnesses said they watched the accident unfold. A woman told police the Mercedes was “traveling at a high rate of speed, and weaving in and out of traffic,” according to the report.

The woman said the vehicle then hit the moped and dragged it.

“The vehicle did not stop,” the police report said. “The moped was stuck in the front of the Mercedes for approximately a block.”

A male witness also saw the accident, jotted down the license tag number on the Mercedes, and alerted a nearby patrol car.

The patrol car spotted the Mercedes three blocks away, but the driver refused to stop, police said.

The officer “had to honk his horn multiple times” and eventually the driver pulled over at the 1600 block of Washington Ave. The police report said the arresting officer “could smell a strong odor of alcohol emanating from the vehicle.”

The singer was given two breathalyzer tests and had blood alcohol levels of .145 and .148, nearly twice the legal limit, police said.

The Miami-based singer was booked on three felony charges including leaving the scene of a crash involving serious bodily injury; driving while under the influence of alcohol or drugs; and injuring a person while driving under the influence. She has since been released on $9,500 bond.

Curiel is known for her hit single “Tasty” and shares a young daughter with rapper DaBaby.

The singer was mentored by Prince until his death in 2016, and she choreographed ex-boyfriend DaBaby’s music video for “BOP.”

Curiel was involved in a 2021 altercation with DaBaby. The rapper told police in Charlotte, North Carolina, that he was being assaulted by Curiel. She was charged with assault.