GROVE CITY, Fla.- Two Charlotte County Sheriff's officers got out of the way seconds before a drunk driver side swiped a CCSO patrol car on Placida Road by Lemon Bay High School Monday morning in Grove City.
A road deputy made a traffic stop on a vehicle at 1:50 a.m. Monday and pulled behind the vehicle with emergency lights on. That driver was cited for Driving While License Suspended or Revoked, and a family member came to remove the vehicle.
A Sergeant arrived and talked to the deputy by the rear of his patrol car. The Sergeant noticed an approaching vehicle traveling directly toward the patrol car. The Sergeant waved his arms to get attention of the oncoming driver to move over. The red Jeep did not change its path and to avoid being hit, the Sergeant yelled to the deputy to “look out” and jumped out of the path of the Jeep. The deputy luckily had his driver’s door open and dove into his patrol car, tucking his legs in, a split second before impact. The Jeep side swiped the entire side of the patrol car causing extensive damage before coming to rest on a sidewalk 125 yards from the crash site. Luckily, neither officer was injured.
The driver of the Jeep was Joy Marie Lewis, 30, 203 N. Broadway, Englewood (Sarasota County side). FHP was called to conduct the DUI crash investigation. FHP charged Lewis with DUI and Property Damage. Her breath test showed .201 and .208, well above the .080 limit. Lewis remains in the Charlotte County jail on $750 bond. This incident shows the reason for the “Move Over” law in the State of Florida.