Make us your home page

Today’s top headlines delivered to you daily.

(View our Privacy Policy)

Car crashes into police cruiser on Courtney Campbell Parkway

TAMPA — A street race across the Courtney Campbell Parkway ended in a crash with a Tampa police cruiser late Sunday night, closing the westbound side of the bridge into the early morning hours.

A black two-door car was racing another car across the parkway just before midnight, police said. Police recorded the black car's speed at 127 mph. The speed limit on the bridge is 60 mph.

As the cars came over the westbound hump, the driver of the black car, John Rubio, 34, lost control and hit a guardrail. The car's front end then smashed into the left rear side of the police cruiser.

Tampa police Sgt. Thomas Miller was inside the cruiser when the cars collided. Both vehicles sustained heavy damage, but neither Rubio nor Miller was seriously injured, police said. Miller was taken to a local hospital as a precaution. He was later released and returned to duty.

Rubio was arrested on charges of unlawful racing on a highway and reckless driving. He remained in the Hillsborough County jail in lieu of $750 bail Monday.

The car with which he was racing fled the scene of the crash, police said.

The parkway reopened just before 4:30 a.m.

Car crashes into police cruiser on Courtney Campbell Parkway 08/12/13 [Last modified: Monday, August 12, 2013 11:07pm]
Photo reprints | Article reprints

© 2017 Tampa Bay Times


Join the discussion: Click to view comments, add yours

  1. Iraqi forces sweep into Kirkuk, checking Kurdish independence drive


    KIRKUK, Iraq — After weeks of threats and posturing, the Iraqi government began a military assault Monday to curb the independence drive by the nation's Kurdish minority, wresting oil fields and a contested city from separatists pushing to break away from Iraq.

    Iraqi security forces patrol Monday in Tuz Khormato, about 45 miles south of Kirkuk, a disputed city that the government seized in response to last month’s Kurdish vote for independence.
  2. Trump and McConnell strive for unity amid rising tensions


    WASHINGTON — President Donald Trump and Sen. Mitch McConnell, the Republican leader, tried to convey a sense of harmony Monday after months of private feuding that threatened to undermine their party's legislative push in the coming weeks to enact a sweeping tax cut.

    President Donald Trump and Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell field questions Monday in the Rose Garden of the White House. “We have been friends for a long time,” Trump said.
  3. 'Me too': Alyssa Milano urged assault victims to tweet in solidarity. The response was massive.

    Human Interest

    Actor Alyssa Milano took to Twitter on Sunday with an idea, suggested by a friend, she said.

    Within hours of Alyssa Milano’s tweet, tweets with the words “me too” began appearing. By 3 a.m. Monday, almost 200,000 metoo tweets were published by Twitter’s count.
  4. Tampa tax shelter schemer too fat for his prison term, attorney says


    TAMPA — A federal judge sentenced two Bay area men to prison terms last week for peddling an offshore tax shelter scheme that cost the IRS an estimated $10 million.

    Duane Crithfield and Stephen Donaldson Sr. were sentenced to prison after marketing a fraudulent offshore tax strategy known as a "Business Protection Plan" to medical practices, offering doctors and others coverage against unlikely events such as a kidnapping.

  5. Weinstein Co., overwhelmed by backlash, may be up for sale


    NEW YORK — The Weinstein Co., besieged by sexual harassment allegations against its namesake and co-founder, may be putting itself up for sale.