SPRING HILL, Fla. — Five people were hospitalized early Thursday in a wrong-way crash involving a deputy in Spring Hill. 

According to authorities, the three-vehicle crash happened on Spring Hill Drive at Omaha Circle. 

A Hernando County deputy had pulled over a car when another vehicle going the wrong direction struck both vehicles. Five people, including the deputy, were taken to hospitals but all are expected to be OK. 

The deputy was identified as David Merced.

Other deputies responded and said Eric Wayne Lollis, 33, was on the ground beside his vehicle.

"Deputies immediately detected the odor of burnt marijuana coming from the inside of Lollis' vehicle and the smell of an alcoholic beverage coming from Lollis' person," the Hernando County Sheriff's Office said in a news release. "It should be noted that Lollis got out of his vehicle and laid on the pavement, he was not ejected."

The crash remains under investigation. The Sheriff's Office says charges are pending.