FHP: DUI crash causes 500 gallons of vegetable oil to spill onto U.S. 19 in Palm Harbor

Traffic on northbound U.S. 19 is expected to be delayed for several hours Friday at Curlew Road due to a spill in the roadway.
Published March 1
Updated March 1

A Port Richey man was impaired when he crashed into the back of a truck early Friday morning, causing more than 500 gallons of vegetable oil to spill onto northbound U.S. 19 at Curlew Road, according to the Florida Highway Patrol.

Only one northbound lane was open, and traffic is expected to be delayed for several hours, according to the Pinellas County Sheriff's Office.

Troopers say Ricard Antonio Quintana, 26, was driving a 2016 Hyundai sedan northbound on U.S. 19, north of Curlew Road, around 5 a.m. when he struck the back of the truck, driven by 29-year-old Matthew Joseph Owen, of St. Petersburg.

Quintana registered a blood-alcohol content of 0.087 and was arrested. He faces charges of DUI with property damage, possession of marijuana under 20 grams, careless driving, and driving with an open container, troopers said.

Motorists can use Belcher Road and McMullen Booth Road as alternates.

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