Tarpon Springs: Anna Marie Sosa charged with DUI after driving the wrong way on US 19

Police arrested and chared a woman with DUI early Sunday after she drove the wrong direction on U.S. 19, barely missing some of the other vehicles headed directly towards her.

Anna Marie Sosa, 43, was driving north in the southbound lanes near Klosterman Road. Police released a video of the incident on Facebook. Sosa passed an officer who immediately turned around and stopped her. She clipped the bumper of one vehicle as its driver tried to avoid her. Police confirmed that the man and woman in that vehicle are unharmed.

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photo Clker-Free-Vector-Images via pixabay

The incident happened around 3:45 a.m. as 911 calls began pouring into the dispatchers to report the crazy driver.

ABC reported on that crash: “Jessica Ramirez stated she observed the wrong-way vehicle, later identified as a 2013 silver Chevrolet Cobalt, approaching her in the left most lane of southbound U.S. 19. Ramirez told authorities she took evasive action, swerving her 2006 Toyota Camry to the right to avoid a head-on collision.””When I close my eyes, I see headlights still,” Ramirez told the outlet.

“This definitely could have been far worse, if not for the quick actions of Cpl. Thornton,” said Maj. Jeff Young with Tarpon Springs Police Department, praising his officer who stopped Sosa before any major crash or injury. Sosa reportedly drove three miles on the wrong direction.

“You almost took my life because you wanted to drive drunk,” said Ramirez. “That’s selfish. Selfish, selfish, selfish, selfish.”

Sosa confessed to officers that she had “only four drinks and two shots” before getting behind the wheel. The woman was convicted of DUI in 2012 in Kentucky.

Police tell ABC Action News, when officers questioned Sosa, she thought she was in Clearwater.  Sosa was also charged for leaving the scene of an accident with property damage and four traffic citations for the crash.


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