Deputy Stops Wrong-Way Driver in Tampa, Florida

A deputy in Tampa, Florida, brought a wrong-way driver, who was allegedly driving under the influence, to a safe stop on the morning of August 25.

According to the Pinellas County Sheriff’s Office, deputies spotted a vehicle travelling eastbound in the westbound lanes of Florida’s State Road 580 just after 1am.

“The elderly female driver almost struck several vehicles including a semi-truck. She failed to yield to deputies when they attempted several times to pull her over,” Sergeant Amanda Sinni with the Pinellas County Sheriff’s Office said in the video.

“Deputies successfully stopped the vehicle using a Precision Immobilization Technique Manoeuvre and took the driver into custody,” the sheriff’s office said.

“The driver admitted to being under the influence and was charged with DUI”, Sinni added. Credit: Pinellas County Sheriff’s Office via Storyful

Video transcript

AMANDA SINNI: I'm Sergeant Sinni with the Pinellas County Sheriff's Office public information office. Overnight, at around 1:00 AM, deputies witnessed a wrong way driver on Tampa Road in Oldsmar. The elderly female driver almost struck several vehicles, including a semi truck. She failed to yield to deputies when they attempted several times to pull her over. A successful PIT maneuver was conducted, and the vehicle was ultimately stopped.

[SIREN]

- Pull over!

- I'm into [? Hillsborough ?] now, coming up to that target.

- Go ahead.

- All right, let's head in. All right, got the PIT. It's at Silvermill Drive and Hillsborough Ave.

[SIREN]

AMANDA SINNI: Thanks to the quick actions of our deputies, there were no injuries, and several lives were potentially saved. The driver admitted to being under the influence and was charged with DUI.