New Port Richey man charged after striking deputy’s patrol car

Stern, 67, is facing a variety of charges including driving under the influence.

LAND O’ LAKES, Fl. (WFLA) – A 67-year-old New Port Richey man is out of jail after posting bond following his driving under the influence arrest Friday night.

Jeffrey Alan Stern was traveling west on State Road 54 in Land O’ Lakes when he sideswiped a Pasco County Sheriff’s deputy patrol vehicle. The incident occurred just before 7 pm just west of the Sunlake Blvd. intersection.

According to a Florida Highway Patrol report, the patrol car was stopped with its emergency lights activated when Stern’s 2016 Hyundai Sonata clipped it. Florida law requires drivers move over one lane when a first responder is on the scene.

The deputy was assisting a disabled vehicle on the westbound shoulder of the roadway.

Stern failed to stop but was eventually apprehended by the deputy. He is facing one count of DUI, one count of DUI involving property damage and one count of fleeing the scene of a crash involving property damage.

Stern and the deputy were not hurt in the collision. provides commenting to allow for constructive discussion on the stories we cover. In order to comment here, you acknowledge you have read and agreed to our Terms of Service. Commenters who violate these terms, including use of vulgar language or racial slurs, will be banned. Please be respectful of the opinions of others and keep the conversation on topic and civil. If you see an inappropriate comment, please flag it for our moderators to review.

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