He almost collided with one of many deputies who helped arrest him, FHP troopers say.
HILLSBOROUGH COUNTY – A Tampa man was arrested this morning (Could 2) after inflicting three wrong-way crashes and fleeing the scenes, the Florida Freeway Patrol mentioned.
Terrance Andrew Martin Murphy II, 28, of Tampa, was charged with 14 counts: two counts every of Driving Below the Affect; and of Leaving the Scene of a Crash with Property Harm; one rely every of Leaving the Scene of a Crash with Damage and Leaving the Scene of a Crash with Severe Bodily Damage; 5 counts of Driving Below the Affect with Property Harm or Private Damage; and three counts of Reckless Driving with Property Harm or Private Damage.
Troopers mentioned that, about 6:20 a.m., Murphy was seen driving a white 2011 Dodge Journey east within the westbound lanes of I-4.
A westbound car took evasive motion round Mile Marker 3 to keep away from Murphy and collided with the freeway barrier wall. Close to Milepost 4, one other westbound car took evasive motion to keep away from Murphy and collided with an adjoining westbound car. Close to Milepost 6, troopers mentioned, Murphy once more triggered one other car to take evasive motion to keep away from a collision, and that car additionally crashed into the freeway obstacles.
With out stopping for any of the three crashes, Murphy continued till almost County Line Street earlier than Hillsborough County Sheriff’s deputies have been in a position to cease and arrest him after almost colliding with one of many deputies.
HCSO deputies took Murphy to the Orient Street jail the place he refused a breath check. It’s unknown the place Murphy, who possesses a sound Florida license, started driving within the improper course.
PHOTO SHOWS TERRANCE ANDREW MARTIN MURPHY II, MURPHY’S WHITE CAR, AND A BLUE CAR BELONGING TO ONE VICTIM. COURTESY OF THE HILLSBOROUGH COUNTY SHERIFF’S OFFICE AND FLORIDA HIGHWAY PATROL.
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