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Car drives off Howard Frankland Bridge and enters Tampa Bay after steering fails

The driver emerged okay but faces charges of driving with a suspended license.
A car hangs from a crane after being removed for the water along the Howard Frankland Bridge Wednesday, Sept. 18, 2019. [Florida Highway Patrol]
Published Sep. 18
Updated Sep. 18

A car crossing the Howard Frankland Bridge left the roadway and entered Tampa Bay Wednesday morning after the driver lost control due to a mechanical failure, according to the Florida Highway Patrol.

Dennis James Verboczki, 24, of Port Richey was traveling southbound on I-275 around 7:45 a.m. when his steering failed, troopers said. The car broke through a chain link fence and entered a shallow portion of Tampa Bay.

The car came to a rest partially submerged in the water.

Verboczki exited the vehicle uninjured, troopers said.

He faces charges of driving with a suspended license, according to the news release.

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