FHP Charges Driver with DUI After 11 Crashes
One of the collisions involved an FHP patrol car while the driver was fleeing troopers, according to the Florida Highway Patrol.
ST. PETERSBURG – A Frostproof man is facing numerous charges after he fled from troopers and crashed into multiple vehicles, the Florida Highway Patrol said.
Efrain Nunez-Alcantar, 43, of Frostproof, was charged with one count of possession of methamphetamine, seven counts of driving under the influence property damage, one count of fleeing or eluding (high speed/wanton disregard) and two counts of leaving the scene of a crash involving property damage.
Troopers said that, about 2:15 p.m. Friday (Oct. 19), a hit-and-run crash was reported on I-275 southbound near the 35 mile marker. The suspect vehicle, a 1999 Chevy Van, continued southbound on I-275 and struck several other vehicles.
An FHP Trooper tried to stop Nunez-Alcantar who continued southbound. Troopers said Nunez-Alcantar drove onto the west shoulder of the roadway while passing traffic, which included another FHP trooper. As Nunez-Alcantar passed the second trooper, he sideswiped the FHP patrol vehicle and continued southbound.
Nunez-Alcantar eventually exited onto I-375 and, while stopped in traffic at Fourth Avenue and Beach Drive NE, was approached and arrested by FHP troopers without incident.
Troopers said Nunez-Alcantar was later determined to be under the influence of controlled substances. He was not injured during the collisions which included 11 other vehicles. Other motorists, including the troopers, were also uninjured.
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