Sheriff’s Deputy Charged with DUI, Nearly Ran Over FHP Trooper
HUDSON (PASCO) – A now former Pasco County Sheriff’s Deputy is charged with driving under the influence of alcohol, after she nearly ran over a Florida Highway Patrol Trooper on US-19 while driving home from a night of drinking.
According to officials, Sheriff’s Deputies and Troopers were conducting a fatal crash investigation at the intersection of US-19 and Hudson Ave around 2:40 a.m. this morning, when they noticed a dark colored sedan approaching the scene at a high rate of speed. Deputies and Troopers began waving their flashlights to warn the driver, later identified as 26-year-old Katrina Pereira, who ran over two cones and nearly struck a Trooper before coming to a stop.
When contact was made with Pereira, Troopers noticed an odor of alcohol emitting from the vehicle. A passenger claimed it was because he had been drinking but Pereira later admitted to having drinks at a local bar. While one of the Troopers was running Pereira’s information, she suddenly drove through the fatality scene and parked next to the Troopers patrol car.
Pereira failed a series of field sobriety exercises and was placed under arrest for DUI.
Pereira has been terminated from the Pasco County Sheriff’s Office.
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