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Two Hillsborough deputies injured in head-on collision with suspected drunk driver

The suspected drunk driver and his three passengers also sustained minor injuries in the crash.

An early morning crash sent six people to area hospitals on Sunday after a suspected drunk driver crashed into two DUI investigators in Valrico.

The Hillsborough County Sheriff’s Office is still investigating the crash, which occurred around 1:45 a.m. near the intersection of Highway 60 East and Church Street. Two deputies were parked in a grass median near the intersection, monitoring traffic, when an eastbound 2016 black Chevrolet Impala jumped the median’s curb and collided head on into one of the unmarked patrol cars, sideswiping the other, according to a sheriff’s office report.

One deputy sustained a fractured ankle and both were taken to Tampa General Hospital with non-life-threatening injuries, the report said. The Sheriff’s office has not released the names of either deputy, though the agency has named 25-year-old Aaron Major as the driver of the Impala responsible for the crash.

Major was driving three friends home from a restaurant and admitted to falling asleep behind the wheel, deputies said. The Impala belonged to one of his passengers, and alcohol is suspected to have played a role in the crash.

Major and one of his passengers also suffered non-life-threatening injuries in the crash, and all four were taken to local hospitals for treatment.

While the investigation into the crash is still ongoing, Sheriff Chad Chronister released a statement Sunday morning assuring the public that “the driver involved will be held accountable for his actions.”

“We cannot say it enough: driving under the influence is unacceptable. Crashing into a DUI deputy while intoxicated is downright inexcusable,” Chronister said. “I am very grateful that our deputies were not more seriously injured and that no one involved in this crash lost their lives.”

A suspected drunk driver collided with two Hillsborough County Sheriff's deputies on Sunday, May 10, 2020, while they were monitoring traffic near the intersection of U.S. Highway 60 and Church Street in Valrico. [Hillsborough County Sheriff's Office]
A suspected drunk driver collided head on with two Hillsborough County Sheriff's deputies who were monitoring traffic near the intersection of U.S. Highway 60 and Church Street in Valrico on Sunday, May 10, 2020. [Hillsborough County Sheriff's Office]