Three Orange County Deputies Injured in DUI Crash
Early in the morning on Sunday, January 5th, a drunk driver collision took place within Orange County that prompted numerous deputies with the Orange County Sheriff’s Office to set up a perimeter and direct traffic along Interstate 4. Details of the initial crash that resulted in the presence of the Sheriff’s Deputies are available, but they have been eclipsed somewhat by an accident that took place shortly afterwards that involved several patrol cars as well as a Mercedes.
It was around 3:30 in the morning and the numerous Orange County Sheriff’s deputies were in the area. Some of them were outside of their vehicles, ensuring that cars were able to pass through the crash area without trouble, others were assisting in the initial investigation into the crash, and still others were inside of their patrol cars. At this time, a white Mercedes approached the area. Inside of the Mercedes, a 34-year-old individual was, it is believed, suffering from the effects of consuming too much alcohol.
It is not clear if this person saw the crash site and the patrol cars. It is very likely that the patrol vehicles all had their emergency lights activated, making them extremely visible in the early morning dark. Regardless, due to the condition of the man inside of the Mercedes, it is not known if they noticed much about their surroundings. As they approached the crash site, they did not avoid the patrol vehicles parked along the perimeter. It is not clear if this driver hit them while still traveling at full speed or if they slowed down considerably before the collision took place.
The Mercedes struck two different patrol vehicles. Inside one of these vehicles, two deputies were watching the crash site. The force of the crash resulted in both of these individuals suffering from injuries. They were transported from the crash site to another location where they received treatment for an unknown period of time. Their precise condition was not included in the report.
A third deputy was inside of the second patrol car, and they were also injured in the incident. It is believed that their injuries were extremely minor and that they were not hospitalized.
The driver of the Mercedes was located at the crash site standing on the I-4 shoulder. Deputies claimed that the individual smelled like alcohol and spoke as though intoxicated. The individual reportedly refused to take any sobriety tests. They are currently being held at the Orange County Jail.
James O. Cunningham
Since 1977, personal injury lawyer James Cunningham has provided effective legal advocacy to people who are injured through the negligent actions of another person or entity throughout the Central Florida area. He fights to obtain recoveries for his clients’ physical and emotional pain and suffering and pursues his clients’ personal injury cases with a commitment to excellence and impeccable preparation.