Hillsborough County
Chad Chronister, Sheriff
Tampa, FL
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    Release Number: 15-169

    • For Immediate Release:
    • Public Information Office of Hillsborough County Sheriff’s Office
    • March 31, 2015
    • Contact Person:
    • Public Information Office : piooffice@hcso.tampa.fl.us
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    Traffic Crash

    Drunk driver hits bicyclists.
    • Monday
    • March 30, 2015
    • Time: 8:20 PM
    • Rhodine Road
    • Riverview

    Vehicle:

    • 2002 Dodge Van

    Driver:


    Freddy Ray Sloop
    DOB: 10-18-48
    1629 Blair Castle Circle
    Ruskin

    Charge:

    • Driving Under the Influence

    Bicyclist:

    Jason Saxe
    DOB: 11-8-91
    10610 N. 30 Street, F-15
    Tampa

    Bicyclist #2:

    Willie VanCleve
    DOB: 5-29-94
    12735 Rhodine Road
    Riverview

    Details:

    On March 30, 2015 at approximately 8:20 p.m. Sloop driving a 2002 Dodge Van was traveling west on Rhodine Road at approximately 40 mph. He failed to observe Jason Saxe who was also traveling west on Rhodine Road on his bicycle. Sloop struck the back of the bicycle with the front of the van, ejecting Saxe from the bicycle causing serious trauma. Saxe was flown to Tampa General Hospital and is in critical condition. Saxe was riding with his companion, Willis VanCleve of Riverview, who was on another bicycle, which was struck after initial impact by Saxe bicycle. VanCleve suffered minor injuries.

    A DUI deputy responded to the scene and arrested Sloop, who had a strong odor of alcohol emanating from his breath. Sloop was transported to Central Breath testing where he agreed to a breath test, results were .127 and .129.


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