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MAN CHARGED WITH DUI AFTER CRASH WITH POLICE

A landscaper was arrested Thursday night on charges of driving drunk and crashing into a police cruiser driven by a Tampa detective.

Alexander Rodriquez, 27, veered head-on into the driver's side of Detective Bryan Felts' police car and then tried to leave the scene of the accident on Old Lakeland Highway, according to a Florida Highway Patrol report.

Felts, who had been on his way to work, crawled out of the passenger side door of his 2007 Ford cruiser and chased Rodriquez's car a quarter of a mile down the road before it stopped, the report said.

Felts, 40, suffered numerous lacerations and open wounds from the crash, the report said.

Rodriquez was taken to Florida Hospital in Zephyrhills, where he was treated and released. A breath test given to him three hours after the crash registered a 0.113 blood alcohol level. Florida law presumes a driver is impaired at 0.08.

Rodriquez, who lives at 40709 Melrose Ave. in Zephyrhills, is charged with DUI, knowingly driving with a suspended or revoked license, DUI causing damage to property and person and leaving the scene of an accident that caused an injury. He is being held without bail at the Land O'Lakes jail.

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Schrader teacher accused of DUI

A 39-year-old teacher at Schrader Elementary School was arrested early Friday on a charge of driving under the influence, according to the Pasco County Sheriff's Office.

John Bradford Coats, Jr., of 12227 Smokey Drive in Hudson, swerved as he drove on State Road 52 about 12:45 a.m. and was pulled over by a deputy, according to a report. Coats told the deputy he had not been drinking. He refused to give breath or urine tests and refused to perform field sobriety tests, the report states. He was released from jail Friday.

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