A 25-year-old man has been arrested in connection with a head-on crash with a Pasco County deputy’s cruiser early today, according to the Florida Highway Patrol.
Bertin Jaimes, of 5230 4th St., Zephyrhills, is charged with felony leaving the scene of a crash with serious injury, driving with an expired license and driving left of center. He was arrested at 11:30 a.m. at 9811 Pangola Loop in Land O’ Lakes, the FHP said.
Sheriff Chris Nocco said Deputy Darren R. Hill, 29, of Wesley Chapel, has two broken legs and other injuries, and was airlifted to St. Joseph’s Hospital in Tampa. Hill, who is in serious condition, will mark his second anniversary as a deputy on Jan. 9.
The Pasco sheriff also reported that there are three people in custody for obstructing the investigation:
* Gladys Patricia Soto, 24, of 4747 6th St., Zephyrhills. She is the wife of Jaimes.
* Jose Carmen Jaimes, 29, brother of the suspect.
* Jazmin Sanchez Aquirde, do21, of 5414 4th St., Zephyrhills, the wife of Jose Jaimes.
About 4:22 a.m., Jaimes was eastbound in a 2002 Ford F-150 on S.R. 54 toward Loury Drive when the truck crossed the center line of the road and struck the marked 2011 Chevrolet Impala cruiser of Hill head-on, according to a report from the highway patrol. The crash left Hill trapped in the wreckage.
Nocco said the deputy could not speak after the crash, but was able to activate an emergency signal to alert other deputies.
The Pasco Sheriff also wants to thanks the other law enforcement agencies that assisted in the investigation: FHP, Hillsborough and Pinellas sheriffs offices, Zephyrhills Police Department, and Immigration and Customs Enforcement.