Wrong-way driver crashes into deputy patrol car on I-75, troopers say

Credit: Florida Highway Patrol

As a Sarasota County deputy was responding to a report of a wrong-way driver on Interstate 75, officials said both ended up crashing into each other.

The collision occurred after 1 a.m. Wednesday near the Clark Road exit.

According to the Florida Highway Patrol, the sheriff’s office received a call about a driver traveling north in the southbound lanes. 

The responding deputy spotted the female driver and tried to swerve, however, troopers said the wrong-way driver crashed head-on into the deputy’s patrol vehicle. 

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Both had minor injuries. The deputy was taken to a hospital as a precaution, as well as the wrong-way driver, who has not been identified.

Charges are pending against the driver, troopers said.