NEW PORT RICHEY — An early morning collision injured a Pasco County deputy and sent a prisoner to the hospital in serious condition.
The accident happened about 1:30 a.m. Tuesday as Deputy Joseph Schlotter was driving Charles Robert Williams to the Land O'Lakes jail after his arrest on drug charges.
The deputy was driving east on State Road 54 when a car driven by Zackary Barrington, 19, of New Port Richey crossed his path while attempting to turn left onto Trinity Boulevard, the Florida Highway Patrol reported. Barrington "failed to observe" the deputy's vehicle and the two collided, the FHP said.
The impact sent the deputy's car off the road, landing on the passenger side in a retention pond, the FHP said.
Williams, 27, was taken to St. Joseph's Hospital with serious injuries, including possible head injuries, the Sheriff's Office said.
Schlotter, 33, of New Port Richey was treated for minor injuries to his legs.
Barrington had minor injuries but was not taken to the hospital, the FHP said.
The FHP is investigating and has not cited anyone in the crash.
Williams was arrested in Holiday when Schlotter stopped him near Moog Road and Pinehurst Drive. The deputy asked if he could search Williams for weapons, and while patting him down the deputy noticed an "unusual bulge" in Williams' wallet, according to the Pasco County Sheriff's Office arrest report.
A search of the wallet revealed a single blue tablet of hydrocodone, the report said. Williams told Schlotter he received the pill from a family member and didn't have a prescription for it.
He was being transported to the jail on a charge of possession of a controlled substance when the accident happened.