Area FHP Trooper Charged With DUI While Working

A Florida Highway Patrol trooper has been charged with drunken-driving after other officers smelled alcohol on his breath at an accident scene in Crestview.

Philip Shank had been directing traffic around an accident that killed three people. The 44-year-old trooper had one blood alcohol test at the legal limit and another above it. He started his night shift two hours before the accident.

Shank has been ordered to appear in court next month.

The head-on collision in a residential area killed three Crestview residents. Nineteen-year-old Ahmed Hammad and 18-year-old Katherine Palmer were in one car. Twenty-five-year-old Kenyia Bess was in the other.

Investigators say Hammad was trying to pass in a no passing zone.