A 17-year-old Florida teen was arrested for DUI after crashing into multiple vehicles and ultimately a head-on crash with a police officer.
Police say the officer was working off duty at Club Ivy in Tampa when citizens told the officer that their cars had been struck by a dark pickup truck that fled the parking lot.
The officer attempted to locate the vehicle along Fowler Ave. at Leroy Collins Blvd, other citizens flagged the officer down and said “he went that way” indicating that the truck went northbound.
The officer was traveling northbound on Leroy Collins when she suddenly observed the suspect vehicle traveling southbound in the northbound lanes.
The officer stopped her vehicle and activated her emergency lights and that’s when the suspect struck her car in a head-on collision. The driver, a 17-year-old male, was immediately detained for the hit & run investigation.
During their contact, officers on the scene observed signs of impairment and conducted a DUI investigation. The suspect was arrested for DUI.
Charges are pending for the hit & run crashes.
The officer sustained a cut on her wrist from the force of her airbags deploying. She was checked out at TGH and released to full duty.
The suspect had no injuries and the crash remains under investigation.
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