Woman Whose License Suspended 7 Times Crashes Into Deputy's Vehicle While Drunk

| by Amanda Andrade-Rhoades
Jeannine Bruno and Deputy Brian Smith's vehicleJeannine Bruno and Deputy Brian Smith's vehicle

Deputy Brian Smith was driving through Spring Hill, Florida, on Feb. 16, when 43-year-old Jeannine Bruno allegedly lost control of her vehicle while going over 100 miles per hour and drove over the grassy median, striking Smith’s unmarked car.

"I heard this 'thump' and I thought, 'What in the heck?’” local resident Joyce Neeleman told FOX 13, recalling the crash. "The back tire was completely off, the left side was crunched, back fender was on the other side of the car. ... I thought, 'Oh, my God, the guy is going to die.'"

Smith was able to call for help after the crash and he was transported to a hospital, FOX 13 reported.

Bruno was not injured, but deputies said she smelled of alcohol and was struggling to stay on her feet after the crash, according to the Tampa Bay Times. She then failed a field sobriety test, and her blood alcohol level was recorded at .112 and .121 in separate tests. In Florida, a driver is considered impaired with a level of .08.

Bruno also told deputies she had taken prescription medication.

"Drinking alcohol and taking medication, that is a recipe for disaster," said Denise Moloney of the Hernando County Sheriff’s Office.

Prior to the crash, Bruno’s driving record was not clean.

"She shouldn't have been on the road,"  Moloney said. "Her license was suspended seven times [and] canceled once, [which] she admitted to Deputy Origon, but she knew that and drove anyway."

At the time of the Feb. 16 incident, her license was suspended. It’s unclear if her previous driving violations were related to substance abuse. 

Bruno has been charged with driving under the influence, driving under the influence with property damage or personal injury, and driving with a suspended or revoked license. She was being held Feb. 17 on $10,000 bail, according to the Tampa Bay Times.

 It is unclear whether Smith has been discharged from the hospital.

Sources: FOX 13, Tampa Bay Times / Photo credit: FOX 13

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