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Woman accused of driving drunk, backing into police cruiser in Spring Hill

SPRING HILL — A woman pulled over for suspected drunken driving put her car into reverse and backed into a police cruiser about 10 p.m. Wednesday, according to the Florida Highway Patrol.

An off-duty Tampa Police officer saw a car weaving in the northbound lanes of the Suncoast Parkway and followed it from Hillsborough to the Spring Hill toll plaza in Pasco County, where the officer's car was hit, authorities said. The driver — Kathleen F. Cotterill, 57, of Tampa — had a blood alcohol level between 0.091 and 0.092; above the 0.08 level at which a driver is presumed impaired, a report states. The test was done hours after the crash, as Cotterill first refused to submit to tests, the report states. She's had three prior convictions for driving under the influence, according to the FHP.

Cotterill was charged with felony DUI, knowingly driving with a suspended or revoked license and DUI with damage. She was released from the Pasco County jail Thursday on $5,500 bail.

Woman accused of driving drunk, backing into police cruiser in Spring Hill 11/12/10 [Last modified: Friday, November 12, 2010 8:40pm]
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