SUV thieves crash into another vehicle after Hillsborough Sheriff’s Office pursuit

TAMPA — Thieves fleeing from deputies crashed into another vehicle Friday at 52nd Street and E Columbus Drive, authorities say.

At about 3 p.m., deputies got a call about a stolen sports utility vehicle. They spotted the Mitsubishi SUV in Palm River and tried to pull it over, but the driver fled, prompting a short pursuit, the Hillsborough County Sheriff’s Office said.

The stolen vehicle crashed into a Nissan Quest near Interstate 4. Deputies took two people into custody.

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One suspect and the driver of the other vehicle were treated for minor injuries.

Deputies did not immediately release the names of those involved, nor the speeds reached in the chase. Department policy allows for vehicle pursuits, as long as they are “reasonable” and “prudent,” said sheriff’s spokesman Larry McKinnon.

1 Driver Injured, Another Arrested In I-4 Crash

Gurnam Hayre, 45, of Winter Haven, was taken to Lakeland Regional Medical Center with critical injuries, according to the FHP.

Hayre was the driver of a 1999 Plymouth Voyager that was stopped on the shoulder of I-4, just east of McIntosh Road, according to FHP. Hayre was standing outside, and in front of the vehicle after it became disabled.

About 12:45 p.m., a 1997 Dodge van, being driven by Robert E. Moore, 33, of Lakeland, swerved off the road, colliding with the back of Hayre’s van, and the impact caused Hayre’s van to hit him, the FHP said.

According to the FHP, Moore was driving a stolen vehicle and he ran from the scene immediately after the crash, but was later located by Hillsborough County sheriff’s deputies.

He is facing charges of reckless driving, leaving the scene of a crash with serious injuries, driving with a suspended license and possession of a stolen vehicle, according to the FHP.

Moore received minor injuries and was taken to Tampa General Hospital, the FHP said.

Woman hurt in I-4 crash involving stolen vehicle

A Winter Haven woman is in critical condition after a crash involving a stolen vehicle this afternoon on Interstate 4, the Florida Highway Patrol said.


At 12:41 p.m., Gurnam Hayre, 45, was driving a 1999 Plymouth Voyager on eastbound I-4 east of McIntosh Road when the vehicle broke down. She pulled over onto the shoulder of the interstate, then exited the vehicle to check on it, according to FHP.


Shortly afterward, the Plymouth was hit from behind by a 1997 Dodge van driven by Robert E. Moore, 33, of Lakeland, FHP said.


The impact drove the Plymouth forward and into Hayre, who was standing in front of the vehicle. The Plymouth then spun and traveled across the interstate, coming to rest in the inside eastbound lane.


Moore got out of the Dodge and fled, but he was located a short time later by a Hillsborough County sheriff’s deputy and Gallagher Road and Gore Road, north of the interstate, FHP said.


FHP troopers said the Dodge had been stolen, and before the crash, Moore had been driving aggressively at a high rate of speed. He was treated at Tampa General Hospital for minor injuries and arrested for reckless driving, leaving the scene of a crash with serious injury, driving while his license was suspended, and for possession of a stolen vehicle.


Hayre was taken to Lakeland Regional Medical Center. Her passenger, Sarbjit Hayre, 44, of Winter Haven, received minor injuries but was not taken to a hospital, FHP said.

Stolen van collides with car on I-4, critically injuring Winter Haven man

A Winter Haven man was critically injured Saturday when a driver in a stolen car collided with his vehicle as it was disabled on the shoulder of Interstate 4 east of McIntosh Road in Hillsborough County, the Florida Highway Patrol said.

Gurnam Hayre, 45, was driving a 1999 Plymouth Voyager east on I-4 at about 12:41 p.m. when the vehicle broke down, the FHP said. Hayre pulled over and got out of the vehicle.

A stolen 1997 Dodge van driven by Robert E. Moore, 33, of Lakeland was driving eastbound at high speed, cutting in and out of traffic, when he struck the rear of Hayre’s Voyager, the FHP said. The crash catapulted Hayre into the grass shoulder.

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Moore ran from the scene, the FHP said, but was soon captured by Hillsborough sheriff’s deputies at Gallagher and Gore roads. He is charged with reckless driving, leaving the scene of a crash with serious injury, driving on a suspended license and possession of a stolen car.

Sarbjit Hayre, a passenger in the Voyager, suffered minor injuries.

State trooper hurt in crash on I-4 near Seffner

A Florida state trooper was injured in a crash Wednesday night on Interstate 4 in the area of Seffner, the Florida Highway Patrol said.


Two lanes of westbound I-4 remain closed just west of McIntosh Road. Traffic has been reduced to just the outside lane, FHP Said.


The injury to the trooper was minor, said Larry McKinnon, a Hillsborough County Sheriff’s Office spokesman. The sheriff’s office was on the scene assisting FHP with traffic. FHP is investigating the crash.


Just before 10 p.m., a trooper, whose name hasn’t been released, was completing a crash investigation on Interstate 4 in the Seffner area. The two vehicles in the crash had been heading westbound. After the crash, one vehicle was on the outside shoulder and the other vehicle was in the inside shoulder.


The trooper went to drive across Interstate 4 to take the driver of the unoccupied car that was left in the inside shoulder back to her car, FHP said.


As the trooper drove across the lanes, the trooper’s vehicle, which had its emergency lights on, was struck by a box truck heading west on I-4, FHP said.


The front of the truck struck the patrol vehicle, causing the patrol car to rotate into the emergency lane and crash into the vacant vehicle that was in the inside shoulder. The truck also rotated and crashed with another vehicle heading west on I-4.


The trooper was transported to Lakeland Regional Medical Center. The female passenger in the patrol car and the driver of the vehicle heading westbound that was struck by the truck were taken to Brandon Regional Medical Center.


The driver of the truck wasn’t injured, FHP said.


All injuries are being called “non-incapacitating,” FHP said.


The case remains under investigation.


Stay with TBO.com for updates.

Baby girl makes debut on median of Interstate 4

TBO.com staff

Published: September 24, 2013

Florida Highway Patrol Trooper Dennis Rich helps deliver baby on I-4

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Tampa, Florida — A Tampa couple welcomed their fourth child into the world safely in their car on a busy highway Tuesday afternoon thanks to the help of a Florida Highway Patrol trooper.

FHP says Wiclef Desamour and his wife, Latoya, who was in labor, were rushing to St. Joseph’s Hospital east on I-4 between Hillsborough Avenue and U.S. Highway 301 when they knew they weren’t going to make it in time. They pulled over and called out to Trooper Dennis Rich, who was investigating a traffic crash in the eastbound lanes, for help.

Realizing the baby was on its way, Trooper Rich helped deliver a healthy baby girl the couple named Arabella. Soon after, Hillsborough County Fire Rescue arrived and took Latoya and Arabella to the hospital.

PHOTOS: Trooper helps deliver baby on I-4

The Desamours add to their family of three other children which includes a seven-year-old daughter, five-year-old son, and an 18-month-old daughter.

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Trooper helps deliver baby on I-4

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Tampa, Florida — A Tampa couple welcomed their fourth child into the world safely in their car on a busy highway Tuesday afternoon thanks to the help of a Florida Highway Patrol trooper.

FHP says Wiclef Desamour and his wife, Latoya, who was in labor, were rushing to St. Joseph’s Hospital east on I-4 between Hillsborough Avenue and U.S. Highway 301 when they knew they weren’t going to make it in time. They pulled over and called out to Trooper Dennis Rich, who was investigating a traffic crash in the eastbound lanes, for help.

Realizing the baby was on its way, Trooper Rich helped deliver a healthy baby girl the couple named Arabella. Soon after, Hillsborough County Fire Rescue arrived and took Latoya and Arabella to the hospital.

PHOTOS: Trooper helps deliver baby on I-4

The Desamours add to their family of three other children which includes a seven-year-old daughter, five-year-old son, and an 18-month-old daughter.

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Trooper delivers baby on I-4

Latoya Desamour and her baby girl Aramella.

A Florida Highway Patrol trooper went above and beyond the call of duty when he helped a woman deliver a baby on Interstate-4 in Tampa.

Wiclef Desamour, 35, was driving his 34-year-old wife Latoya Desamour to St. Joseph’s Hospital in Tampa Tuesday afternoon so she could give birth.

Wiclef realized the couple didn’t have enough time to make it to the hospital so he pulled the car onto the median across from where Trooper Dennis Rich was investigating a traffic crash.

Rich immediately assisted the Desamours in delivering a healthy baby girl named Arabella.

Hillsborough County Fire Rescue then came to the scene and transported the Desamours to the hospital. 

FHP trooper helps woman deliver baby on I-4

TAMPA – 

A Tampa couple welcomed their fourth child into the world with the help of a Florida Highway Patrol trooper.

Wiclef Desamour, 35, and his wife, Latoya, 34, were heading from Brandon to St. Joseph’s Hospital when they realized the new baby wasn’t going to wait.

Desamour pulled the family’s Chrysler Pacifica in the center median of I-4, then flagged down Trooper Dennis Rich, who was on his way to investigate a crash on the highway near U.S. 301.

Rich stopped and helped the parents deliver the baby girl just minutes later, right on the interstate. Crews with Hillsborough County Fire responded a short while later and took the family to the hospital.

Her parents named the healthy baby girl Arabella.  She joins the couple’s 7-year-old daughter, 5-year-old son and an 18-month-old daughter.