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Tailgater crashes, gets arrested, state troopers say

An aggressive driving incident ended in a crash and a driver being arrested this week, and the crash was caught on video, the Florida Highway Patrol said.

According to an arrest affidavit, at 11 a.m. Monday, Jeffrey White, 4601 Snook Drive, Tampa was southbound on U.S. Highway 41 just north of Gibsonton Drive in a 2008 Ford pickup and was tailgating another driver, who began recording the incident using a cell phone.

At one point, White passed the driver and made an obscene hand gesture. Then as White merged in front of the other vehicle, he lost control of the truck, which went across the northbound lanes of traffic and onto the grass shoulder, where it hit a light pole owned by the Florida Department of Transportation, troopers said.

The impact caused the pole to collapse onto the roadway. Shortly thereafter, White fled the scene in his truck, troopers said.

Using information from the video, state troopers tracked White down at his home on Wednesday and arrested him for leaving the scene of a traffic crash, careless driving and failing to wear his seatbelt.

He was taken to the Hillsborough County Jail, where he was released on $250 bail, according to jail records.

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