Driver, 18, reports run-in with patrol car
An 18-year-old woman called authorities Sunday night after a Pasco Sheriff's Office cruiser hit her car on U.S. 19, according to a Florida Highway Patrol report.
But supervisors at the Sheriff's Office found no damage on any patrol cars on duty that night.
Brittani Jones of Holiday told FHP troopers that a patrol car crossed all three lanes of traffic, going from right to left, about 10:50 p.m. on northbound U.S. 19 at Darlington Road.
The patrol car struck the front bumper of her Mitsubishi Eclipse while changing lanes, causing about $400 in damage, she said.
Jones turned on her hazard lights and got out of her car to try to stop the deputy, she told FHP, but the patrol car instead turned on its emergency lights and made a U-turn to go south.
Jones told officers the patrol car had a dent on its back bumper.
Sheriff's Office spokesman Kevin Doll said deputies are checking the locations of every patrol car at the time of the incident.
"Sometimes, other agencies' vehicles are mistaken for ours, and vice versa," he said.