Woman charged with DUI in four-vehicle crash involving sheriff’s detectives

Darcey Phillips

CLEARWATER — Three people were injured including two Pinellas County Sheriff’s detectives in a four-vehicle crash that occurred about 2:52 p.m. July 2 on South Keene Road, south of Gulf to Bay Boulevard in Clearwater.

According to deputies with the sheriff’s Major Accident Investigation Team, Darcey Phillips, 66, of Clearwater was driving a 2003 Chevrolet van south on South Keene Road in the left lane, when she crashed into the rear of a 1999 Mercedes four-door, driven by Wesley Sanders, 72, of Clearwater, who had reduced his speed for heavy traffic.

Deputies say the impact pushed Sanders' Mercedes into the rear of a 2000 Chevrolet pick-up truck, driven by Jzon Livingston Sr., 40, of Clearwater, who was also driving at a low speed. The Mercedes turned sideways, and Phillips' van struck it again on the passenger side.

Phillip's van then struck a sheriff’s office unmarked 2013 Dodge four-door, driven by Detective Orlowski, 33, and occupied by Detective Szeliga, 33, which was also traveling at a low speed in traffic.

Phillips van swerved back into the left lane, where it stuck Livington's Chevrolet pick-up that Sanders' Mercedes had crashed into earlier. Phillip's van came to a stop against the pick-up.

Sanders, Orlowski and Szeliga were transported by ambulance to a local hospital with minor injuries and released shortly thereafter.

Deputies say Phillips showed signs of impairment at the scene and performed poorly during field sobriety tests. She was subsequently arrested for two counts of DUI with injury and two counts of DUI with property damage. Phillips was transported to the county jail. Bail was set at $2,000.