Woman arrested in hit-and-run crash that injured Hernando deputy

Published June 30, 2014

A Dade City woman was arrested after authorities say she crashed into a Hernando County Sheriff's Office deputy's patrol car Saturday and fled the scene.

Chelsey Carmody, 26, was charged with failing to stop at a crash involving an injury and for driving with a suspended or revoked license.

Deputy James Baker was traveling west on Cortez Boulevard about 4:43 a.m. Saturday, approaching the intersection of U.S. 301. A car traveling north on U.S. 301 hit the driver's door of Baker's patrol car, then the driver and passenger fled, the Sheriff's Office said.

Carmody was found in the woods and identified as the driver, according to an arrest report. Baker was transported by helicopter to St. Joseph's Hospital in Tampa. Authorities did not release information about his condition, but the arrest report said the crash resulted in "severe injuries."