An off-duty Florida Highway Patrol officer was arrested in Indian River County after he smashed into a parked car while driving the wrong way on a one-way street, police authorities said.
The FHP officer slammed into a car at Florida Ridge and North 12th Street, according to police authorities.
He was charged with driving while impaired and refusing to take a Breathalyzer test, authorities said. The question of whether he was drunk or high on drugs is still under investigation, police said.
Police could not say whether anyone was in the car with the officer but added that there were about six people in the car he hit and that were critically injured.
When asked if he had any prior arrests, the FHP officer cited Section 50-a of the state Civil Rights Law, which prohibits the release of police officer’s personnel records.
He has been on the force for more than 10 years, police said. It was unclear if he would be suspended or otherwise disciplined.
Accident attorney Jason Weisser of Schuler, Halvorson, Weisser, Zoeller and Overbeck responded to this unfortunate crash. “This is a serious accident resulting in a fatality. We hope the investigators can quickly determine what caused the accident. Please be careful and obey the speed limits whenever you are driving a motorcycle, car, SUV or truck. We hope that all parties involved consult with an experienced trial lawyer. If you have been injured in an accident, call my office for a free consultation and find out what your rights are.”
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