Officials: Wrong-way driver involved in crash that killed deputy had alcohol in blood

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HILLSBOROUGH COUNTY, FL (WFLA) – County officials released a toxicology report on the wrong-way driver whose car slammed into Dep. John Kotfila Jr.’s cruiser, killing both men.

The report released Monday afternoon shows that Erik Thomas McBeth had the alcohol level at .27 in his blood at the time of the crash.  That is more than three times over the Florida legal limit of .08.

The crash happened on March 12. McBeth’s GMC Terrain hit the deputy’s marked cruiser on the Selmon Expressway. McBeth died at the scene. Deputy Kotfila died at the hospital.


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Deputy Kotfila’s family lives in Massachusetts. He served with HCSO for six years.

The local funeral service for the deputy took place in Tampa Friday. You can watch the ceremony here.

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