TAMPA, FL – Two troopers and their K-9s were hospitalized for their injuries after a rear-end crash on northbound I-75 before 4 p.m. last Wednesday.
Tampa Beacon said Florida Highway Patrol was trying to stop a driver on I-4 near Thonotosassa Road. The driver fled the scene on I-4 West and then went onto I-75 North and then on a grassy median.
One of the troopers – who drove a Chevy Tahoe – tried to reduce his or her speed but then hit the back of another K-9 unit – a Ford Explorer.
The force of the collision caused the Ford to overturn, and the Chevy spun and came to rest on the shoulder of the highway.
Officials said the K-9s were taken to a veterinarian for minor injuries and were released. The two troopers were taken to a hospital for non-life-threatening injuries.
Florida Highway Patrol was able to find the fleeing driver. They only identified the motorist as a 35-year-old man and said they arrested him and booked him into the Hillsborough County jail. His charges consist of fleeing a traffic stop, driving with a suspended license, and drug possession.
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