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2 Hillsborough County deputies, 4 others sent to hospital after crash with suspected drunk driver

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Posted at 10:21 AM, May 10, 2020
and last updated 2020-05-10 10:21:43-04

HILLSBOROUGH COUNTY, Fla. — The Hillsborough County Sheriff's Office is investigating an early morning crash that sent two deputies and four others to the hospital.

Officials said around 1:45 a.m. on Sunday, two HCSO DUI investigators were parked in a grass median near the intersection of Highway 60 East and Church Street in Valrico.

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A 2016 black Chevrolet Impala driven by Aaron Major, 25, was traveling eastbound on Highway 60.

Major jumped the median, colliding head-on into one of the white unmarked HCSO Dodge Chargers, and sideswiped the other.

Major had three passengers in the car at the time. Officials said he just left a restaurant with his friends and admitted to falling asleep at the wheel.

Alcohol is suspected to have played a role in the crash.

Both deputies were transported to Tampa General Hospital with not life-threatening injuries.

One deputy suffered a fractured ankle.

Major and the other three passengers were also taken to local hospitals.

Major and one of the passengers suffered not life-threatening injuries.

“We cannot say it enough: driving under the influence is unacceptable. Crashing into a DUI deputy while intoxicated is downright inexcusable,” said Sheriff Chad Chronister. “I am very grateful that our deputies were not more seriously injured and that no one involved in this crash lost their lives. While this investigation is still ongoing, I can assure you that the driver involved will be held accountable for his actions.”