Polk County Sheriff's Traffic deputies are investigating a two-vehicle crash that occurred in Auburndale last evening involving a car that struck a Polk County Sheriff's marked patrol car head-on.
According to witnesses and preliminary investigation, at 6:50 p.m. on Tuesday, December 4, 2012, 22-year-old Julie McTeer (DOB 5/18/1990) of 5115 North Socrum Loop Road in Lakeland was driving her 1992 white Toyota Camry northbound on Old Dixie Hwy just north of Evergreen Street in Auburndale when, for unknown reasons, she left the roadway onto the right shoulder. McTeer then overcorrected, veered back onto the northbound lane, and then crossed the center line into the southbound lane, striking head-on a marked PCSO 2007 Chevrolet Impala which was heading southbound, being driven by 35-year-old Deputy Sheriff Robert McPherson (DOB 7/6/1977). Deputy Sheriff McPherson had just left a call for service in the area he patrols, the Southwest District.
The collision caused both cars to rotate and then come to a rest in the southbound lane. Both drivers had to be extricated from their cars. Both drivers were the sole occupants of their cars.
McTeer was taken by ambulance to LRMC, where she was admitted and is in critical but stable condition. She was not wearing a seatbelt.
Deputy McPherson was taken by ambulance to LRMC, where he was admitted and underwent surgery for a broken bone. He is in good and stable condition. He was wearing his seatbelt.
Preliminary information indiciates that McTeer was impaired. A sample of her blood has been sent to FDLE for analysis, and charges are pending. The investigation is ongoing.
Deputy McPherson joined PCSO in May 1998. His brother Jason is a homicide detective at PCSO, and his sister-in-law Rebecca is a deputy sheriff as well. Attached is a Lifetouch yearbook portrait of Deputy McPherson.
Julie McTeer has been in the Polk County Jail on six prior occasions, for charges such as DWLSR, Petit Theft and Retail Theft. Her driver's license was suspended in October 2012 for failure to pay traffic fines, and was still suspended at the time of the crash.