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Wrong-Way Crash On Frankland Bridge Yields DUI Charges For Lauderdale Lakes Man

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A wrong-way crash on the Howard Frankland Bridge last weekend has yielded DUI charges for a Lauderdale Lakes man who deputies say is responsible for sending a Tampa woman to the hospital in critical condition.

Officers of the Florida Highway Patrol say the man was driving his 2008 Chrysler 300 northbound on the Frankland Bridge in the early morning hours of November 1 when they say he made a u-turn and proceeded back along the bridge heading south in the same northbound lanes.

Investigators say he continued driving against traffic on the Frankland Bridge until he encountered the 2013 Hyundai driven by Andrea Nicole Rusch at about ten minutes to two. Per investigators, the man’s vehicle struck Rusch’s vehicle at speed, injuring her severely and sending her to the hospital in “very critical condition.”

Upon his apprehension, troopers say he was given a blood test for alcohol content, which returned a result of over double the Florida legal limit. They say a subsequent test carried out six hours later also yielded results above the legal limit, however the official toxicology results were not immediately available at the time of local media reports.

He was booked into the Pinellas County Jail on a single count of DUI with serious bodily injury. He was released early the next day upon posting a bond of $5,000.

The Law Offices of Bjorn Brunvand have been representing people charged with capital murder, felony drug charges, drunk driving, government fraud, and white-collar crimes for over a quarter century. Contact our office today to discuss your Tampa Bay-area state or federal charges.

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