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Suspected drunk driver in Howard Frankland wrong-way crash released on bail

ST. PETERSBURG — The suspected drunk driver who made a U-turn and drove the wrong way on the Howard Frankland Bridge was released from jail on bail early Friday morning, one day after a crash that left a woman in "very critical condition."

Andy Andreia Cuff Jr., 25, arrested on a charge of DUI with serious injury, was released from the Pinellas County Jail after posting $5,000 bail.

He was driving north on the Howard Frankland Bridge when he made a U-turn near the hump and went in the opposite direction in the same northbound lanes, according to the Florida Highway Patrol. His 2008 Chrysler 300 rammed into Andrea Nicole Rusch's 2013 Hyundai about 1:50 a.m. near Fourth Street N.

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Cuff's hospital blood tests showed that his blood alcohol content was more than twice the 0.08 legal limit to drive, patrol spokesman Sgt. Steve Gaskins. It was still at 0.08 when he was booked into jail more than six hours later. His official toxicology results are pending.

Rusch, 24, of Tampa, remains hospitalized at St. Joseph's Hospital. She was upgraded to serious but stable condition on Friday morning, Gaskins said.

Thursday morning's crash was similar to a crash last month in which a Pinellas Park man turned around on the same side of the bridge as Cuff and drove two to three miles before hitting a van. The wrong-way driver, Renard Antonio McGriff, died at the scene. The driver of the van was hospitalized with critical injuries.

This is a developing story. Stay with for updates.

Times staff writer Kathryn Varn contributed to this report.


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