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Chad Chronister, Sheriff
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    Release Number: 15-104

    • For Immediate Release:
    • Public Information Office of Hillsborough County Sheriff’s Office
    • February 23, 2015
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    Another Wrong-Way Driver Arrested

    HCSO Lieutenant takes evasive action to avoid head-on collision.
    • Saturday
    • February 21, 2015
    • Time: 12:00 AM
    • E. 142nd Avenue near 19th Street

    Arrested:


    Cornelious D Watson
    DOB: 10/09/1980
    1410 Marathon Key Dr. Apt.107
    Tampa, FL

    Charges:

    • Driving While Impaired (2nd Conviction)
    • Felony Driving While License Suspended (Habitual Offender)

    Details:

    Just before midnight on February 21, 2015, HCSO Lieutenant Leon Paige was traveling westbound on E. 142nd Avenue near 19th Street in his unmarked patrol vehicle when he  observed a 2005 Hyundai Sonata traveling eastbound on 142nd Avenue in the westbound lanes.
    Lt. Paige had to take evasive action and maneuver his patrol vehicle off the roadway in order to avoid being struck head-on by the Hyundai.

    Deputies conducted a traffic stop and made contact with Cornelious Watson. Deputies determined Watson was impaired and he refused to perform field sobriety testing.

    Watson who is also labeled as a habitual traffic offender with a prior conviction for DUI, was arrested and booked into the Hillsborough County Orient Road Jail.


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