A Florida Highway Patrol trooper was thrown to the ground and injured after a car crashed into a parked patrol car Saturday, April 30, 2022, in Pinellas County.
While investigating a traffic crash along U.S. 19, the trooper’s car was parked with its emergency lights on and parked inside northbound lanes south of Hammock Pine Boulevard, protecting the crash scene.
At 11:50 p.m., 47-year-old Tamico Luwyll Gilbert of Tarpon Springs was traveling northbound and failed to slow down, stop or change lanes while approaching the patrol car, highway patrol stated.
Tamico’s Toyota Highlander crashed into the patrol car–launching the officer standing in front of it to the ground.
FHP says the trooper and the driver both suffered minor injuries.
Gilbert was charged with DUI, DUI injury and DUI property damage. He was booked in the Pinellas County Jail for his offenses.