Wrong-way driver charged with DUI on U.S. 19 in Pasco County

Posted at 3:45 PM, Nov 27, 2016
and last updated 2016-11-28 02:35:43-05

A woman spotted driving the wrong way on U.S. 19 at Fox Hollow Drive in Pasco County early Sunday morning was charged with DUI, officials said.

A Florida Highway Patrol trooper traveling southbound on U.S. 19 shortly before 2 a.m. Sunday spotted a northbound vehicle in the southbound lanes headed in the direction of the trooper's marked patrol vehicle, the Florida Highway Patrol said.

The vehicle headed the wrong-way was traveling a slow rate of speed in the inside lane.

The trooper activated emergency lights to make a traffic stop. The motorist made a U-turn and pulled over on the shoulder of U.S. 19. The driver was asked to perform a standard sobriety exercises before she was arrested. 

Christina Marie Gasparini, 22, of New Port Richey, was charged with driving under the influence.