Two Tampa Police Officers Involved In A Traffic Crash

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When: March 27, 2011 1259 AM

Where: N. Tampa St. & E. Polk St.

Who: Ofc. Gary Saunders & Ofc. Robert Partner (T.P.D. R.O.C. Officers)
Charles D. Barrett 5/19/76 (Citizen)


Officers Gary Saunders & Robert Partner were traveling southbound on Tampa St. in an unmarked white Ford Crown Victoria police vehicle. Charles D. Barrett was traveling west on Polk St. in a 1997 Ford Explorer. The unmarked police vehicle struck the Explorer in the intersection. Both officers were transported to TGH. They were originally listed in serious condition but were later upgraded to stable condition. The citizen suffered very minor injuries and did not require medical treatment.

Investigators are determining the cause of the crash and if there were any other contributing factors.

Lt. Lee Bercaw
Tampa Police Department