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Interstate 75 lane closures in Sarasota County to continue this weekend

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Ramsingh, 56, attempted to flee the crash but North Port Police caught up with him at a convenience store. Ramsingh, 56, attempted to flee the crash but North Port Police caught up with him at a convenience store.
SARASOTA COUNTY, FL - The man behind the wheel of the dump truck that damaged an overpass on Interstate 75 in Sarasota County early Wednesday morning is facing criminal charges.

Bonnie Deosarrn Ramsingh, 56, is facing one count of leaving the scene of a crash with property damage and one count of operating a motor vehicle without a valid driver’s license.

He was booked into the Sarasota County Jail on Thursday after he was arrested by officers with the North Port Police Department.

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Officials with the Florida Department of Transportation say repairs to the overpass will take between seven and 10 days to complete. Crews have removed the damaged beam and will begin setting the new beam starting Friday night and during overnight hours over the weekend.

Law enforcement will be on site to assist motorists with detours around the site. The southbound lanes of the interstate will close Friday night at 8 p.m. and re-open at 8 a.m. on Saturday.

A release from FDOT states:

· Southbound traffic will exit I-75 at River Road (exit 191) and travel west on River Road to southbound US 41.

· Motorists will proceed approximately nine miles to Sumter Boulevard, turn east and continue to the southbound entrance ramp onto I-75 (exit 182).

As for the crash that caused the damaged a Florida Highway Patrol report indicates the dump truck Ramsingh was operating struck the north side of the overpass at Ponce Deleon Blvd. at approximately 2:35 a.m. Wednesday. The bed of the truck was in the upright position when it struck the concrete structure.

Ramsingh was released early Friday morning after posting a bond of $620.

Investigators say his license was revoked last month following his arrest on a DUI charge in Charlotte County on November 13th. At the time of his arrest his blood alcohol was twice the legal limit.

Ramsingh fled the scene of foot immediately after the incident but was later captured by officers with the North Port Police Department and taken into custody. He was scheduled to be arraigned on the DUI charge on Thursday but that was postponed due to his latest arrest.

Ramsingh is scheduled to be arraigned on the new charges on January 6th.

The road closures will continue through the weekend during the overnight hours.

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