Dash Cam Video of Two Recent Wrong-Way Drivers Via FHP
October 4, 2014
Traffic Stop #1
On October 1st at 1:22 AM, the Florida Highway Patrol received reports from the Hillsborough County Sheriff’s Office of a wrong-way driver traveling northbound in the southbound lanes of SR-589 near Gunn Highway. State Trooper Ron Evans, a 13 year veteran, was patrolling the Veterans Expressway (SR-589) northbound just north of SR-54 when he received the call of the wrong-way driver. Evans immediately turned, responded to the area and arrived near the 16 milepost southbound. Evans pulled to the shoulder and awaited the wrong-way driver who appeared shortly thereafter. Upon observing a white 2012 Nissan SUV, Evans turned and conducted a traffic stop on the driver who stopped immediately on the shoulder at 1:28 AM. Minutes later, Evans arrested an extremely intoxicated and disoriented Maria Bolivar, 31 of Oldsmar, for DUI and driving on the wrong side of a divided highway. Bolivar stated she was coming from a bar along MacDill Avenue and headed to her Oldsmar home. She was delivered to the Hillsborough County Jail where she refused to provide a breath test.
Video of Traffic Stop of Maria Bolicar
Traffic Stop #2
Lori Lee Downard
On October 2, 2014, at 3:07 AM, the FHP received calls from the Hillsborough County Sheriff’s Office indicating a wrong-way driver traveling northbound in the southbound lanes of SR-589 near Van Dyke Road. Trooper Ronald Evans, on routine patrol in the area, observed the beige 1999 Chevrolet 4-door traveling in the wrong direction. Evans turned on the vehicle and conducted a traffic stop with the driver pulling over near the county line. Following field sobriety exercises, Lori Lee Downard, 49 of Zephyrhills, was arrested and delivered to the Pasco County Jail where she provided a breath sample of 0.115. Downard indicated she believed she was northbound on I-75, traveling to her home.