TAMPA, Fla. (WFLA) — A Sarasota woman was arrested Sunday after she crashed into a state trooper’s vehicle while under the influence, according to the Florida Highway Patrol.
Troopers said Kristen Kay Watts, 52, of Sarasota drove her BMW north on I-275 at a high speed when she approached a road closure that was put in place for the Armed Forces Skyway 10K Race on the Sunshine Skyway Bridge.
Authorities said Watts went through several cones and around multiple barricades.
In a statement to 8 On Your Side, FHP said, “our concern and fear initially was that runners could have been impacted and/or injured.”
Two FWC officers and three FHP Troopers were directly ordered to “intervene” as Watts sped closer to participants during Sunday’s 10K race.
FHP said Watts nearly crashed head-on with one of the trooper’s vehicles. Both Watts and the trooper involved were seriously injured and subsequently hospitalized.
“While the crash was severe, I know the injured Trooper who is currently receiving medical care as I author this email, is absolutely relieved to have been available to ensure the safety of hundreds of innocent persons,” the FHP statement added.
Following the incident, Watts was charged with DUI serious injury, two counts of reckless drive damage person or property, and two counts of DUI damage to property or person of another. The case remains under investigation.