Alleged Drunk Driver Rear-Ends FHP Officer in Orange County
A trooper with the Florida Highway Patrol is recovering from minor injuries this weekend after a 24-year-old man from Orlando slammed into the back of his patrol car early Thursday morning on State Road 408 in Orange County.
According to preliminary collision reports from members of the Florida Highway Patrol, it was shortly after 2:15 a.m. on August 11, 2022, when 24-year-old Orlando resident Rodrigo Alexander Robles Perez was allegedly under the influence of alcohol and driving a 2013 Nissan in the westbound direction of State Road 408 near State Road 417. At this same time, a 44-year-old trooper with the Florida Highway Patrol, also from Orlando, had activated his car’s emergency lights and pulled his vehicle over to the side of the highway in order to alert the local traffic to an upcoming lane closure. It was while the police cruiser was parked along the shoulder of the road that Rodrigo Alexander Robles Perez entered the area near mile marker 17 in his Nissan and rear-ended the trooper’s police car.
Several local Orange County law enforcement agencies were dispatched to the scene of the auto accident, as well as additional assistance from members with the Florida Highway Patrol who were concerned for their co-worker and fellow police officer. Upon their arrival at the crash site, a set of routine field sobriety tests were given to Rodrigo Alexander Robles Perez and when they were completed, it was determined that his blood/alcohol level was 0.221 – almost three times the legal limit in the state of Florida. “That is very impaired. That’s very, very impaired and that is extremely dangerous,” said Lt. Tara Crezcenzi with the Florida Highway Patrol.
Rodrigo Alexander Robles Perez was arrested and charged with driving without a license and driving under the influence. He was booked into the Orange County Jail but has since bonded out.
The 44-year-old trooper involved in the rear-end crash sustained minor injuries during the incident but did not require medical treatment.
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