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Published On: Mon, Apr 27th, 2015

Florida woman, Nicole Schnell, drive drunk into police who were stopping a drunk driver

Two Tampa police officers were investigating a potential drunk driving case Saturday night when another drunk driver crashed into one of their patrol cars, police say.

Nicole Schnell, 32, was arrested and charged with driving under the influence with property damage.

Nicole Schnell Tampa arrest photoAccording to police, the officers had conducted a traffic stop near the University of Tampa, parking their patrol vehicle facing east on road with their strobe lights on.

The Tampa woman drove her 2012 Ford Mustang into one of the police cruisers, knocking it into the other one and the other drunk driver’s SUV.

Neither Schnell nor the officers were injured. The officers were not in their vehicles at the time of the impact.

Hillsborough County continues to lead the state in DUI convictions.

2010 Florida DUI Convictions in the large Florida Counties

  • Hillsborough County (Tampa) – 3,256
  • Miami-Dade – (Miami) – 2,274
  • Duval County – (Jacksonvile Area) – 2,222
  • Pinellas County (St Petersburg) – 1,824
  • Palm Beach County (West Palm Beach) – 1,561
  • Orange County (Orlando) – 1,383
  • Brevard County (Melbourne) – 1,072
  • Broward County (Fort Lauderdale) – 985

Florida Penalties for DUI First Conviction

  • Fine – $250 to $500
  • Community Service – 50 Hours
  • Probation – Not more than 1 Year
  • Imprisonment – Not more than 6 Months
  • Imprisonment with BAL of .08 or higher with a minor in the vehicle, not more than 9 months
  • License Revocation – Minimum of 180 days
  • DUI School – 12 Hours
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