© 2023 All Rights reserved WUSF
Play Live Radio
Next Up:
Available On Air Stations

Second Wrong-Way Driver Arrested on Expressway

In what may seem like deja vu, another wrong-way driver was arrested Thursday morning on the Veterans Expressway. The same officer, Florida Highway Patrol Trooper Ronald Evans, who arrested a driver Wednesday morning, arrested Lori Lee Downard on Thursday.

At 3:07 a.m., the FHP received calls that a car was traveling in northbound in the southbound lanes of SR-589 close to Van Dyke Road. 

Downard, 49, was stopped close to the Hillsborough- Pasco County line on her way to her home in Zephyrhills. According to the FHP, she thought she was headed northbound on I-75. She took a field sobriety test and her breath sample was 0.115, police said. In Florida, .08 is the level at which drivers are considered impaired. 

Neither of the incidents this weeks involved a crash. However five separate wrong-way crashes in the Tampa Bay area have killed 11 people this year.

WUSF 89.7 depends on donors for the funding it takes to provide you the most trusted source of news and information here in town, across our state, and around the world. Support WUSF now by giving monthly, or make a one-time donation online.