Troopers released from hospital following Pensacola wreck

PENSACOLA, Fla. - Two Florida Highway Patrol troopers were released from Sacred Heart Hospital in Pensacola after an early morning traffic stop turned into a wreck

Trooper Sebastian Vo observed wrong way driver Osman Hernandez, traveling northbound in the southbound lanes on US-29 and Murphy Lane around 3:00 a.m. Saturday, according to a crash report.

Trooper Chad Lynch and an Escambia County Deputy arrived to the scene to assist.  Lynch and Vo were conducting a DUI investigation on Hernandez when another driver John Pluas failed to yield to the Escambia County Patrol Vehicle.

Troopers said Pluas reportedly crashed into the Escambia County Patrol Vehicle, which the front of it to collide with Trooper Vo’s vehicle injuring him. Pluas’ car continued to travel when it collided with Trooper Lynch and Hernandez.

Trooper Lynch and Trooper Vo were transported to Sacred Heart Hospital where they were treated and later released.

Pluas was arrested and taken to the Escambia County Jail after being released from the hospital. He is charged with Felony DUI with Serious Bodily Injuries, DUI with Property Damage, Felony Driving While License Suspended, Reckless Driving, No Proof of Insurance, and Failure to Register Vehicle.

Hernandez is currently under investigation for driving under the influence.


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