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FHP: Drunk Driver Leaves Scene of Crash

By: Florida Highway Patrol Release Email
By: Florida Highway Patrol Release Email

Tallahassee, Florida - December 23, 2012

Florida Highway Patrol says a drunk driver crashed into a car leaving two people in serious condition.

Officials say the driver then drove away from the scene in Taylor County at 6 p.m. Saturday.

According to the Florida Highway Patrol, Ernest Turner, 42, of Mayo, Florida was driving south on US Highway 19 (White Tail Lounge).

The FHP report says Delmas Knight, 69, of Grove Hill, Alabama was driving another car north on US Highway 19/98 (SR55).

Turner, drove south in the northbound outside travel lane of US highway 19/98 (SR55) and into the path of Knight's car colliding head-on.

Both cars came to final rest at point of impact.

The passenger of Knight's car, Judith Gae Knight said that as she exited the vehicle, she observed Turner, attempting to leave the scene.

She used her digital camera to take pictures of Turner and his car. Turner left the scene and drove north on State Road 51.

FHP says upon arrival, they placed an alert on Turner's vehicle and within a few minutes were notified that the Lafayette County Sheriff's Office had Turner and his car stopped on State road 51 south of Mayo Florida.

The release says a trooper assisted and met with the Lafayette County Deputies.

FHP says they downloaded the pictures from Knight's camera and emailed them to the trooper. The trooper was able to identify the driver as Turner and towed the car and detained him.

The release says FHP returned Turner back to the scene of the crash.

FHP was then able to identify Turner from the photos. Turner was placed under arrest for Felony-Leaving scene with injuries without rendering aid, 2 counts of DUI with serious bodily injury, 1 count of DUI and property damage, Driving while license suspended, No motor vehicle registration, failed to have motor vehicle liability insurance and violation of right of way.

Delmas Knight and Judith Knight were taken to Doctors Memorial Hospital in Perry, Florida in serious condition.

FHP was assisted by Taylor County Sheriff's Office, Taylor County Fire Department, Taylor County EMS and Lafayette County Sheriff's Office.


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