U-Haul crash leaves 1 dead, another hurt
A U-Haul truck skidded off Interstate 75 near the State Road 52 exit during rush hour Friday, crashed in the woods and caught fire, according to Pasco County emergency dispatchers. One person was trapped inside the cab and died. Another was flown by helicopter to St. Joseph's Hospital in Tampa. No information on the cause of the crash or the victims was available Friday night. The crash happened about 5:30 p.m. The southbound lanes of I-75 were closed while the medical helicopter landed to get the patient. Emergency dispatchers said drivers detouring off I-75 caused traffic on SR 52 to back up all the way to U.S. 41, nearly 11 miles from the interstate.
Officer demoted in patrol car escape
High on pills and on her way to jail, Amanda Driggers wriggled out of her handcuffs, peeled back a door panel and slipped out of a Sheriff's Office cruiser at a red light just after midnight July 26, 2009. Cpl. Barry Arnew didn't realize the 19-year-old wasn't in the back of his patrol car until he got to the jail, more than 2 miles away. An internal investigation into the incident finished Feb. 4. Arnew, who is 51 and has worked for the Sheriff's Office since 1981, was cited for inattention to detail and suspended for two days without pay. He also was demoted from corporal to deputy, according to Sheriff's Office documents. Driggers, 19, was found and rearrested the day after her escape. While taking her to jail, Detective Marc Erickson asked her how she had gotten out of the handcuffs Arnew put on her. "Like this," she said, removing Erickson's handcuffs, according to documents. Erickson was "stunned." Driggers swore to investigators she is not double-jointed, documents state.