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Chad Chronister, Sheriff
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    Release Number: 16-255

    • For Immediate Release:
    • Public Information Office of Hillsborough County Sheriff’s Office
    • June 7, 2016
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    Wrong-Way Driver Causes Crash With Toddler In Vehicle

    She was driving southbound in the northbound inside lane of 50th Street South.
    • Monday
    • June 6, 2016
    • Time: 8:18 PM
    • 50th Street South & Causeway Boulevard

    Arrested:


    Crystal Lynn Palacios
    DOB: 05/21/85
    804 9th Ave. #204
    Ruskin, FL

    Charges:

    • DUI (3rd violation within 10 years)
    • Driving While License Suspended or Revoked (2nd offense)
    • Refusal to Submit to any DUI Test with Previous Refusal

    Details:

    On June 6, 2016 at 8:18 p.m., two HCSO deputies were traveling northbound in the inside lane of 50th Street South in the area of Habersham Lane in an unmarked HCSO Ford F-250 pickup. They observed a small sedan approaching them driving southbound in the northbound inside lane of 50th Street South. They conducted an evasive maneuver to avoid collision with the small sedan. As a result, the passenger rear corner of the HCSO pickup struck a small blue pickup that was traveling in the outside northbound lane of 50th Street South. They stopped to check on the driver of the pickup truck and upon confirming the driver was not injured, they made a u-turn and caught up to the small sedan as it was approaching the intersection of 50th Street South and Causeway Blvd. They were able to safely conduct a traffic stop with the small sedan at 50th Street South and Causeway Blvd. Upon making contact with the driver, Crystal Palacios, deputies observed several signs of impairment. Deputies also observed a small toddler within the vehicle. CPID responded and took custody of the toddler. Palacios was subsequently arrested for DUI. Palacios has multiple suspensions to her Florida driver's license for prior DUI offenses, as well as several non-extraditable warrants from other jurisdictions. Additional charges are pending. Additional deputies responded to the location where the HCSO vehicle struck the blue truck while avoiding Palacios and discovered that operator had left the scene.


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