Super Bowl weekend DUI Blitz: More arrests made in Hillsborough County this year compared to last

TAMPA, Fla. (WFLA) — While football fans and Swifties filled living rooms and bars to watch the Kansas City Chiefs and San Francisco 49ers face off in Super Bowl LVIII, the Hillsborough County Sheriff’s Office was hard at work keeping the roads free of dangerous drivers.

Since this past weekend was jam-packed with events from Super Bowl watch parties to the Krewe of Sant’ Yago Illuminated Knight Parade, the agency’s DUI Unit was proactively patrolling the the county.

On Monday, the sheriff’s office announced its results from the weekend, and there was an uptick in arrests from last year’s Super Bowl weekend.

According to the HCSO, 224 drivers were stopped over the weekend.

Out of those stops, officials issued 203 warnings and 21 citations. In addition, HCSO reported that 33 people were arrested for driving under the influence. One other person was arrested in a non-traffic-related incident.

“This weekend is historically one in which our community sees an influx of drivers on the roads,” Sheriff Chad Chronister said. “Our efforts have undoubtedly reduced death, injury, and property damage caused by impaired drivers.”

While HCSO made over a dozen arrests, deputies made two notable arrests: Ivan Hsi Wu, 30, and 31-year-old Demarcus Oliver.

The sheriff’s office said deputies found Hsi Wu asleep in his car, which was stopped on the eastbound off-ramp to US Hwy 301 from the Selmon Expressway. When he woke up, deputies said he put his vehicle in reverse and ran into a deputy’s vehicle. The 30-year-old got out of his car after his window was smashed by deputies. He refused a breathalyzer, according to HCSO.

Deputies came across Oliver while he was asleep in his vehicle at the Wawa gas station on the corner of U.S. Highway 301 and Causeway Boulevard. HCSO said Oliver had backed into a vehicle prior to falling asleep. He blew a 0.16.

Last year, the sheriff’s office reported that 157 people were stopped on Super Bowl Sunday in 2023. Out of those stops, 154 warnings and 12 citations were issued, and 28 people were arrested for driving under the influence.

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