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 December 15th, 2013  
Off-duty deputy's personal car rear-ended by drunk driver, according to Sheriff Mascara
 
This afternoon, a drunk driver rear-ended an off-duty St. Lucie County deputy in her personal car, sending the deputy to the hospital and the drunk driver to jail, according to Sheriff Ken J. Mascara.

Deputy Nadia Valencia was treated and released at St. Lucie Medical Center after the accident.

The driver, Jonathan Lacey Barnes, 55 (DOB 11/12/1958), of 313 Rio Mar Drive, Port St. Lucie, was jailed on charges of driving with a suspended or revoked license (a misdemeanor), and driving while intoxicated for the fourth time in 10 years (a felony), Sheriff Mascara said.

Investigating deputies determined that Barnes, driving a 2008 Toyota Scion XD sedan around 3:25 p.m., was heading south on U.S.1 and was weaving in and out of traffic, according to witnesses.

Deputy Valencia was driving home in her Nissan X-Terra after completing her patrol shift. She was stopped southbound in the left turn lane of U.S.1 at Prima Vista Boulevard when Barnes, driving south on U.S.1 made a wide-radius turn while weaving between lanes, swerved and struck the left rear of Valencia’s car with the right front of his car, according to deputies.

Barnes’ car kept moving, struck a palm tree in the center median of U.S.1 and came to rest half in the roadway and half on the median, deputies said. His car pushed Valencia’s car 25 feet from the left turn lane across the inside and middle lanes, ending up facing southwest, deputies said.

She was treated and released at St. Lucie Medical Center.

Deputies took Barnes to the hospital for evaluation and then to the St. Lucie County jail.

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