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Trooper collides with drunk driver to protect State Road 93

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Posted at 1:43 PM, Mar 06, 2022
and last updated 2022-03-08 05:42:58-05

MANATEE COUNTY, Fla. — A Florida Highway Patrol trooper was seriously injured after a head-on collision on State Road 93 Sunday morning.

A woman driving a BMW 335i, identified as Kristin Watts, was reported traveling northbound on I-275 and approaching a road closure at a high-speed rate; the vehicle had reportedly failed to stop or take a different route, as directed, and allegedly drove through many traffic cones with State Officers present.

Officers attempted to stop the vehicle but Watts reportedly continued northbound on State Road 93 and while doing so encountered two FWC officers who were assigned to guard the plaza toll. Watts still did not stop, according to the report.

The crash reportedly caused serious injuries to Watts and the trooper.

They have been transported to a hospital nearby and northbound lanes of State Road 93 were shut down for several hours.

Watts, from Sarasota, was arrested by FHP according to the report and faces DUI serious injury charges.