Wednesday, May 23, 2018
Public safety

FHP: Seminole man faces DUI charge after driving wrong way on I-275 in St. Petersburg

A Seminole man faces a charge of DUI after the Florida Highway Patrol said he was driving the wrong way on Interstate 275 for nearly eight miles in St. Petersburg early Monday morning.

According to troopers, 26-year-old Nicholas Sanchez was driving northbound in the southbound lanes of the highway around 4 a.m. and made it about eight miles without crashing before he was pulled over by St. Petersburg Police.

Sanchez was eventually pulled over near Roosevelt Boulevard after he was initially seen driving the wrong direction at the 5th Avenue North exit, troopers said.

He faces charges of DUI and possession of a controlled substance and is being held at the Pinellas County Jail with bail set at $2,500.

Sanchez has previous arrests on charges including DUI, leaving the scene of a crash with property damage, resisting an officer without violence, battery and criminal mischief, jail records show.

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