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Truck driver facing more DUI charges

The charges come after a crash that injured an Army lieutenant colonel and his wife.

BRADY DENNIS
Published June 6, 2003

TAMPA - The driver of a septic tank truck who plowed head-on into a high-ranking military official and his wife was arrested Thursday on charges of causing serious bodily injury while driving drunk.

Allyn R. Summers - a 38-year-old former stock car racer with more than a dozen citations on his driving record - had a .272 blood alcohol level, according to tests by the Florida Department of Law Enforcement.

The legal limit in Florida is .08.

Summers, who works for A-1 Cleanrite in Brandon, was behind the wheel of a 1995 septic tank truck. The truck was heading south on Lithia-Pinecrest Road about 8:35 p.m. when it careened into northbound traffic.

He ran head-on into Lt. Col. Wayne K. Davis, a 45-year-old intelligence officer at U.S. Special Operations Command, and his wife, Rhonda.

Both husband and wife were airlifted to Tampa General Hospital, where they underwent treatment for critical injuries to their legs.

Wayne Davis remained in fair condition Thursday, while Rhonda Davis was listed in critical condition.

Summers suffered only minor injuries.

His Department of Highway Safety and Motor Vehicles driver record has an extensive list of citations, including at least six for speeding and driving with an invalid license.

In December 1982, his license was revoked after a DUI charge in Largo. In 1989, he was cited for driving with an open alcoholic beverage container in Hillsborough County.

Summers' license was revoked again following a December 1989 DUI arrest in Pasco County. He was marked as a habitual offender on the same day. In July 1991, another DUI arrest led to a 10-year suspension of his license.

Off the road, he was charged with felony cocaine possession in 1985, but the case was dismissed.

Summers was once a semi-pro stock car driver, racing Saturday nights at the Sunshine Speedway in Clearwater. He faces two felony counts of DUI with serious bodily injury. He remained in the Hillsborough County jail Thursday evening in lieu of $250,000 bond.

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