Dade City man arrested for DUI after crashing into FHP patrol car

Dade City man arrested for DUI after crashing into FHP patrol car

PASCO COUNTY, Fla. — A Dade City man has been arrested for driving under the influence after he rammed a Florida Highway Patrol (FHP) vehicle on Sunday.

Elmer Perez Ramirez, 23, was charged with driving under the influence and not having a valid driver’s license after the crash, which happened around 2:14 a.m. in Wesley Chapel.

According to an FHP report, Officer Robert Snyder investigated a traffic accident on southbound Interstate 75, approximately one mile south of State Road 54.

Snyder was parked within a safety zone created by orange safety cones, with two Road Rangers present with their emergency lights activated. There were also two additional marked FHP patrol units with their emergency lights activated.

Ramirez’s vehicle, which was traveling southbound in the center lane, failed to stay in that lane and the left front of the vehicle struck the right side of Officer Snyder’s patrol vehicle, the report said.

During questioning, Ramirez, who said he was traveling from Dade City to Sarasota, had “slurred speech, bloodshot, watery eyes” and “a strong odor of alcoholic beverage coming from his breath when he spoke,” the report said.

He was taken to the Pasco County Jail, where his blood alcohol content (BAC) was recorded at 0.194. The legal limit in Florida is 0.08.

Neither the police officer nor the road managers were injured in the crash.