Female deputy hospitalized after US 19 crash, DUI driver both sustain incapacitating injuries

HUDSON, Fla. - The Pasco County deputy who was hospitalized after getting side-swiped in an early morning crash has suffered non-life threatening, but incapacitating injuries, the sheriff's office confirms. 

Officials have determined 47-year-old Steven Kent Crabtree was driving under the influence of alcohol, and he also sustained incapacitating injuries.

The crash happened at the intersection of US 19 and State Road 52 in Hudson about 3:20 Thursday morning.

Officials say a female Pasco County deputy was sitting at a light when a silver SUV driven by Crabtree crashed into her vehicle.

Crabtree was initially heading north on US 19, but when he attempted to make a right turn east onto S-52, he lost control due to his speed.

Crabtree's vehicle then drove over a raised barrier and continued across the east lanes of SR-52, continued across the westbound lanes and broad-sided the deputy's car.

Crabtree's vehicle rotated counter clockwise before coming to final rest facing northwest in the right turn lane.

The deputy's vehicle was pushed over the curb onto the sidewalk facing southwest.

Both the deputy and Crabtree were taken to hospitals.

The Florida Highway Patrol conducted an investigation and determined Crabtree was operating his vehicle under the influence of alcohol.

He has been cited for Reckless Driving, not wearing a seat belt and Driving with an Open Container.

No other injuries were reported.

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