Wrong-Way Drive on U.S. 41 Leads to Drunk Driving Charges for Bradenton Man

A trip the wrong way down U.S. 41 ended with an arrest on suspicion of drunk driving by Florida Highway Patrol troopers last week after they say he previously eluded them by ramming a police cruiser.

Per the troopers, a 2011 Nissan Rogue was witnessed progressing northward in the south-bound lanes of I-75 just before dawn on May 17. They say the vehicle, piloted by Bradenton’s Joseph Robert Neumair, exited on Gibsonton Road and headed west.

When encountering FHP troopers at U.S. 41, they say he rammed a patrol car with his own, then turned southbound onto the north-bound lanes of U.S. 41. FHP troopers continued to attempt to impede his progress with their own vehicles, and Neumair allegedly attempted to ram those cars as well.

Troopers say they finally caught up with Neumair at 105th Street SE, apprehending him at that point. The 34-year-old New York native declined a test for blood-alcohol content, but was subsequently booked into the Hillsborough County Jail on charges of DUI with property damage, reckless driving with property damage, refusal to submit to testing, aggravated fleeing to elude, driving with an expired license, fleeing to elude at high speed, and fourth or subsequent DUI. He was released the next morning after posting a bond of $18,750.

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