FHP: DUI suspect driving with suspended license crashes on I-275, seriously injuring child

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Florida Highway Patrol troopers said a St. Petersburg woman was arrested for DUI after crashing into a guardrail twice along Interstate 275. They said a 3-year-old child, who was in the vehicle with her, was seriously injured.

The crash occurred Tuesday around 7:15 p.m. near the 54th Avenue exit in St. Petersburg. Troopers said the driver, 47-year-old Trisha Dale, was heading south in the outside lane when she suddenly swerved to the right and off the roadway. 

They said the vehicle crashed into a light pole, rotated, and crashed into a guardrail. It rotated again before colliding into the guardrail a second time. 

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Troopers arrested Dale for several charges including DUI with serious injury, driving with license suspended, child neglect, possession of cocaine, and a warrant for failure to appear on a traffic summons. 

They said she was also cited for careless driving and not using a child seat in the vehicle.