Drunk Driver Injures County Commissioner in Three Vehicle Crash
BROOKSVILLE – Hernando County Commissioner Diane Rowden and her husband Jay Rowden both sustained minor injuries Saturday, after a drunk driver rear-ended their car at the intersection of Cortez Blvd and Mariner Blvd.
According to officials, Rowden was traveling westbound on Cortez Blvd in her Toyota Prius, preparing to stop at the intersection behind a SUV. A third vehicle driven by 69-year-old Carolyn Marie Schrest was following behind Rowden and failed to stop. As a result Schrest collided with the rear of Rowden’s vehicle, causing it to propel forward into the SUV.
Diane and her Husband were both transported to Oak Hill Hospital for treatment and later released with only minor injuries.
Schrest and the driver of the SUV were not injured in the crash.
During an investigation by the Florida Highway Patrol, it was soon determined that Schrest was under the influence of alcohol or drugs. A bottle of Whisky and several beer cans were found strewn through the vehicle, confirming that Schrest had been drinking and driving.
Schrest was taken into custody and booked into the Hernando County Jail on charges of DUI, DUI with Property Damage (4 counts) and Driving on a Suspended License.
Schrest was released the following day on a $2,750 bond.
We spoke to Diane Rowden, who said “that is one of the most dangerous intersections in Hernando County.” She went on the praise the hard work of Fire Rescue and Law Enforcement, who responded to the scene that day.
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