Wrong-way driver arrested on U.S 41 after traffic crash in Southern Hillsborough County

Posted at 11:52 AM, Jun 23, 2018
and last updated 2018-06-25 01:59:21-04

HILLSBOROUGH COUNTY, Fla. -- A wrong-way driver traveling at a high rate of speed was arrested late Friday night after a traffic crash on U.S. 41 near the Hillsborough-Manatee county line, officials said.

The incident began about 10:30 p.m. Friday. An off-duty Pinellas County sheriff's deputy spotted a fast-moving 2018 Toyota Camry headed northbound in a southbound lane on U.S. 41, according to a Florida Highway Patrol report.

The Camry was traveling at speeds estimated to be about 100 miles per hour, the report said.

The right side of the Camry sideswiped the right side of a 2016 Hyundai Accent traveling on southbound U.S. 41 near Valroy Road. The impact forced the Hyundai onto the grass median. The Camry driver did not stop, the report said.

The off-duty Pinellas sheriff's deputy conducting a driving maneuver, completing a U-turn into the path of the Camry. The Camry driver stopped.

The Hyundai driver, 26-year-old Colleen Switt of Ruskin, suffered minor injuries.

The Camry driver, 35-year-old Wendel Jamel James of Clearwater, was uninjured.

James was arrested on charges of driving under the influence with property damage, reckless driving and leaving the scene of a crash.

He was in the Hillsborough County Jail on $1,500 bond Saturday morning.