Land O' Lakes man caught by K9 after fleeing crash

1:16 PM, Jul 28, 2013   |    comments
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Land O'Lakes, Florida -- A man spent the night in jail after leaving the scene of a crash that caused the other driver critical injuries.

According to reports, On July 27,  at approximately 11:28 p.m, a woman was driving eastbound on the Brandon Parkway Extension.

Donald Ward was driving a southbound on Providence Road and failed to stop at the stop sign, crossed the westbound lanes, struck the raised median and struck the woman's car in her driver's door with the front of his car. 

The woman's vehicle caught fire and HCSO patrol units used 6 fire extinguishers to keep the fire from spreading to the cab of the car. 

She was transported to Tampa General Hospital and is in critical condition with internal injuries.

Ward fled south from the scene on foot. Deputy Perdomo and K9 Deuce arrived to search for Ward.

K9 Deuce tracked south from the scene to a retention pond that was surrounded by thick brush. As Ward jumped into the water, K9 Deuce grabbed his hand, but was unable to hold him.  Ward swam under water to the middle of the pond, but quickly surrendered when he surfaced. 

Ward was treated at the scene for minor injuries to his hand. He was arrested and charged with leaving the scene of a crash with injury. 

The report says Ward emanated a strong odor of alcohol after the interview, but refused to submit to any field sobriety tests.





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