Pasco teacher accused in DUI crash that injured trooper

NEW PORT RICHEY — A Pasco County school teacher plowed into two police cars and a tow truck and clipped a state trooper while driving drunk Friday night in New Port Richey, according to the Florida Highway Patrol.

Police say Christopher Gamel, 41, was driving west in a 2007 Pontiac G6 on State Road 54 west of Little Road at 11:41 p.m. when he collided with a Florida Highway Patrol cruiser, a sheriff's vehicle and a tow truck. Authorities were investigating another crash at the time.

Trooper Mike Hollis, 35, sustained minor injuries after being sideswiped by Gamel, authorities said.

Gamel teaches social studies at James W. Mitchell High School in New Port Richey. He has been employed with the district since 2000.

Gamel was treated for minor injuries and later booked in the Pasco County Jail on six DUI charges. He was later released on $3,000 bail.

The crash closed the road for three hours.

Pasco teacher accused in DUI crash that injured trooper 04/13/13 [Last modified: Sunday, April 14, 2013 2:20pm]

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