Driver charged in December crash with Florida Highway Patrol trooper

Police: Derek Nelson high at time of crash

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A 34-year-old man was high on marijuana when he crashed into a Florida Highway Patrol trooper's patrol car on Interstate 95 in December, police said Monday.

Police charged Derek Nelson with one count of felony reckless driving, one count of DUI serious bodily injury, four counts of DUI property damage/injury, and four counts of reckless driving per/injury/property damage. He was arrested in Orlando.

On Dec. 28, 2012, about four miles north of Commercial Boulevard, troopers saw Nelson's vehicle traveling about 97 mph in the median, according to the arrest affidavit. At the time, Felecia Andrews (pictured above right) was investigating another crash and his car's emergency lights were activated.

Nelson rear ended Andrews' car, pushing it into the vehicles involved in the earlier crash, police said.

Andrews is still recovering from the crash.

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