skip to content
blog home Drunk Driver Accidents Trooper Involved in Rear-End Car Accident in Orlando

Trooper Involved in Rear-End Car Accident in Orlando

By Orlando Personal Injury Attorney on October 12, 2017

Early this past Tuesday morning on October 10th at approximately 2:45 a.m., a Florida Highway Patrol trooper sustained minor injuries when he was involved in rear-end collision near Highway 408 in Orlando, after a drunk driver slammed into the back of his police cruiser.

Trooper Tarik Dalhy, 32, was on-duty and was parked on an eastbound stretch of highway in a marked-off construction zone with his police lights lit up, warning drivers of the upcoming road closure. It was at this time that Jetzel Jadiel Ortiz Freytes, 25, “drove through the reflective traffic cones and collided with the rear of the patrol car,” according to an eyewitness statement given to police at the time of the accident. The impact of the crash was so forceful that it jammed Officer Dalhy’s driver’s side door shut, causing him to have to kick it open in order to exit the vehicle. He suffered a bruised lung in the incident, and was transported by emergency medical personnel to a local hospital, as reported by Florida Highway Patrol Sgt. Kim Montes. “He was protecting the construction workers who are improving our roadways. We are just glad he (the driver) didn’t hit anyone else,” she said.

Once the authorities arrived on the scene, they administered a field sobriety test to Ortiz-Freytes, which he failed, registering a .120 BAC. The legal limit in Florida is .08. He did, however, admit to officers that he had been drinking at the time of the accident. He was arrested and charged with damaging property and first degree driving under the influence while causing injury. He is currently residing at the Orange County Corrections Facility, where he awaits his court date later this month.

Thankfully, the trooper’s injuries in this accident were minor, and he has since been released from the hospital.

For over thirty-five years, Orlando drunk driver accident attorney James O. Cunningham has been representing victims and families of rear-end collisions. If you have been involved in an accident, please do not hesitate to contact us at 877-FL-INJURY.

Read More:
FHP trooper injured when alleged drunken driver crashes into patrol car
Trooper: Drunken driver hit cruiser in construction zone
Trooper injured after drunken driver rear ends cruiser, FHP says

James O. Cunningham

James O. CunninghamSince 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.

Related Articles:

Do I Have A Case?

padlock 100% Secure and Confidential

Martindale Hubbell | Highest Ethical standing
  • Bar Register Preeminent Lawyers
  • The Florida Bar Board Certified
  • NBLSC Board Certified Lawyers
  • Multi-Million Dollar Advocates Forum
  • Lead Counsel Rated
  • Avvo Rating 10.0 Superb
  • The Florida Bar Certified Civil Trial Lawyer
  • Avvo Clients' Choice Personal Injury
  • Avvo Rating 10.0 Superb Top Attorney Personal Injury
  • Martindale-Hubbell AV Preeminent High Ethical Standing
  • The National Trial Lawyers Top 100
  • Super Lawyers
  • Florida Legal Elite

Client Testimonials

5 StarsMr. Cunningham is an excellent and knowledgeable attorney.
I would and have recommended Mr. Cunningham as an attorney. I am extremely happy with the service he has provided for me and my family. I will definately use Mr. Cunningham in the future if I ever need an attorney again. John, a Personal Injury client

Read Reviews

Request a free 30-minute case evaluation with attorney James O. Cunningham. Request Free Evaluation

Close Form

Receive a free case evaluation.

All submissions are personally reviewed by attorney James O. Cunningham within hours.

padlock 100% Secure and Confidential