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HCC Ybor City president charged with DUI

Shawn H. Robinson, president of Hillsborough Community College's Ybor City campus, was stopped by a Florida Highway Patrol trooper and charged with DUI on Feb. 16, 2018. [HCSO]
Shawn H. Robinson, president of Hillsborough Community College's Ybor City campus, was stopped by a Florida Highway Patrol trooper and charged with DUI on Feb. 16, 2018. [HCSO]
Published Feb. 16, 2018

TAMPA — The president of Hillsborough Community College's Ybor City campus was charged early Friday with driving under the influence after a trooper reported him negotiating Interstate 4 without headlights.

Shawn H. Robinson, 48, had blood alcohol levels of 0.17 and 0.18 percent, the Florida Highway Patrol reported, or more than twice the level at which a driver is presumed impaired.

The trooper was on a traffic stop on Interstate 4 west of Mango Road about 1:30 a.m., when he noticed a motorist in the outside lane approaching without headlights. The driver did not shift lanes to avoid the emergency vehicle, as required by law, an arrest report states.

In pursuit, the trooper saw the driver go through a red light, the report said. Another trooper joined in and conducted a field sobriety test. Both troopers smelled alcohol, the report said.

"The defendant could not recall where he was coming from and paused for several seconds prior to answering questions," Trooper Tabarie Sullivan wrote. "He also changed answers to questions he had answered."

HCC spokeswoman Ashley Carl confirmed the arrest.

"At this time, we have not yet had the opportunity to speak to Dr. Robinson," she said. "The college will allow the legal process to take its course before any administrative action is considered."

Robinson is not the only HCC administrator with a pending DUI charge.

College President Kenneth Atwater, 66, was charged in January 2017. That case is still unresolved. State records show his license was suspended for failure to submit to a blood-alcohol test.

Times staff writer Claire McNeil and senior news researcher Caryn Baird contributed to this report.