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FHP: Drunken wrong-way driver eventually stopped on I-4 after a few crashes

Terrence Murphy, 28, faces several charges, including DUI property damage and driving in the wrong direction.

TAMPA, Fla. — Sheriff's office deputies stopped a wrong-way driver on Interstate 4 early Sunday morning but not before a few crashes, according to the Florida Highway Patrol.

Terrence Murphy, who was believed to have been driving drunk, began going east in the westbound lanes around 6:20 a.m. in Hillsborough County, FHP said in a news release. 

At one point, troopers say a driver took evasive action to avoid the 28-year-old and crashed into the highway barrier wall. Another driver had to swerve out of the way but ended up crashing into another car.

A third driver ended up crashing into the barrier wall to avoid Murphy, FHP said.

Credit: 10 Tampa Bay

Murphy kept going until troopers eventually were able to stop him and his white Dodge Journey near the Hillsborough/Polk County line, the news release states. Hillsborough County Sheriff's Office deputies arrested him and took him to jail, where he reportedly refused a breath test.

It's not yet known where exactly Murphy allegedly began going in the wrong direction.

Troopers say Murphy likely will be charged with several counts of DUI property damage, leaving the scene of a crash with property damage, leaving the scene of a crash with injury, reckless driving with property damage and driving in the wrong direction.

The extent of other injuries is not yet known.

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