A Tampa woman will face a count of one DUI charge in connection with a
car accident in which her vehicle collided with a parked Florida Highway Patrol (FHP)
cruiser. The FHP vehicle was stopped when the allegedly intoxicated female
driver crashed into it, leaving the trooper inside with minor injuries
Official patrol reports indicated 47-year-old Sgt. Brenda Simmons was parked
in an unmarked patrol vehicle in a construction zone on a westbound Interstate
4 interchange ramp with the northbound Interstate 275. Per FHP safety
protocol, the trooper’s emergency lights were turned on and flashing
as part of a traffic-control support effort linked to ongoing construction
on the interstate just outside of downtown Tampa.
Close to 2:50am on Thursday, September 6th, Nedra Shical Deardra Miller,
29, of Tampa, struck the stationary FHP patrol car from behind with her
Chevrolet Malibu. According to a statement from a Florida Highway Patrol
spokesperson, Sgt. Simmons was taken to Tampa General Hospital and treated
for minor injuries following the accident.
FHP also stated the Malibu’s driver, Miller, was uninjured in the
collision, but was formally arrested and charged with driving under the
influence of alcohol. There were minor traffic delays as the ramp was
closed for a little over 90 minutes. Just after 4:30am, the exit ramp
was reopened to traffic after authorities concluded their accident scene
investigation. Miller was not carrying any passengers in her Chevrolet.