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Hernando deputy injured in weekend crash released from hospital

Sheriff’s Deputy James Baker’s cruiser is shown after Saturday morning’s collision.

Hernando County Sheriff's Office

Sheriff’s Deputy James Baker’s cruiser is shown after Saturday morning’s collision.

BROOKSVILLE — A Hernando County sheriff's deputy who was injured in a hit-and-run crash over the weekend is recovering at home after doctors released him from the hospital Monday afternoon.

Deputy James Baker, 24, was flown to St. Joseph's Hospital in Tampa after a car ran a red light early Saturday and struck his patrol car in the intersection of Cortez Boulevard and U.S. 301 in Ridge Manor, according to the Sheriff's Office. Two people inside the car that hit Baker fled and were later found by deputies.

Baker's doctors have not yet cleared him to return to work.

The driver was identified as Chelsey Elaine Carmody, 26, of Dade City. Deputies arrested her on charges of leaving the scene of a crash involving injury and driving with a suspended or revoked license. She was booked into the Hernando County Detention Center, where she remained Tuesday in lieu of $500 bail.

Hernando deputy injured in weekend crash released from hospital 07/01/14 [Last modified: Tuesday, July 1, 2014 11:02am]
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