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Driver Arrested After March Wrong-Way Crash Investigation Reveals BAC Over 3 Times Legal Limit

duffyericaDriver Arrested After March Wrong-Way Crash Investigation Reveals BAC Over 3 Times Legal Limit

Posted: April 24, 2015 – 10:30 PM

Today, Pinellas Deputies arrested 33 year-old Erica Hubell (AKA Erica Duffy) in connection with a March Wrong-Way driving crash on St. Pete Beach.  The charges are as follows; Arrested DUI, 3-counts DUI with Property Damage, 3-counts DUI with Bodily Injury, DUI with Serious Bodily Injury, Driving with license suspended/revoked with Serious Bodily Injury, Grand Theft Auto, and a civil citation for driving on the wrong side of a divided highway.

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Information obtained from Pinellas County Sheriff’s Office Public Information Officer Cecilia Barreda, revealed that blood toxicology reports indicated the Hubell’s blood alcohol concentration registered a .286%.   In Florida, you can get a DUI if you drive with a blood alcohol concentration of .08% or higher.

As a result of the investigation, deputies developed probable cause for her arrest. She was arrested in Kenneth City on April 24, 2015 on the above listed charges; and transported to the Pinellas County Jail without further incident.

Additional information on the crash can be found below in the original article posted on March 23, 2015


Pinellas deputies assigned to the Major Accident Investigation Team (MAIT) are investigating a three vehicle crash in St. Pete Beach. The crash occurred at approximately 1:04PM on Monday, March 23, 2015 in the area of Gulf Boulevard and 72nd Avenue in St. Pete Beach.

Deputies reported that Erica Hubbell, a 33 year-old driver of a 2003 Toyota Corolla, was traveling Northbound in the Southbound lanes of Gulf Blvd according to Sgt. Elizabeth Brady of the Pinellas County Sheriff’s Office.  She collided head-on with a 2008 Chrysler Town & Country and side swiped a 2009 Chrysler 300.

Fire/Rescue crews worked to free Hubbell for over 30 minutes as she was entrapped in the badly damaged Corolla.  She was transported to Bayfront Health St. Petersburg as a trauma alert with what the Sheriff’s Office now describes as non-life threatening injuries

The driver of the Town & County has been identified as 64 year-old Joan Rouse of St. Petersburg and the driver of the Chrysler 300, 71 year-old James Eastman of South Pasadena. Both Rouse and Eastman were also transported to local hospitals with non-life threatening injuries.

Alcohol may have been a factor in the crash according to deputies.

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