Driver Flees After Crashing into Pinellas Deputy’s Patrol Car
Both men suffered minor injuries, the Pinellas County Sheriff’s Office said.
PINELLAS COUNTY – A St. Petersburg man was arrested this morning (March 15) after he crashed into a deputy’s patrol car then fled on foot, the Pinellas County Sheriff’s Office said.
Sheriff’s Lt. Kenneth Euler Jr., 40, and the other driver, Timothy Maurice Jones, 27, both suffered minor injuries and were treated at a local hospital.
Jones, of St. Petersburg, was taken to the Pinellas County Jail after he was released from the hospital. Jones was charged with one count each of leaving the scene of a crash with injury, resisting without violence, reckless driving with injury, and driving while license suspended and/or revoked.
The crash happened about 2:19 a.m. at 16th Street and 14th Avenue S in St. Petersburg. A couple of minutes before the crash – about 2:17 a.m. – a member of the violent crimes task force was driving a 2015 Chevrolet Tahoe, which is a marked sheriff’s cruiser, in the area of Seventh Avenue and Ninth Street S in St. Petersburg. While there, he saw a 2002 Chevrolet Monte Carlo.
The deputy pulled his cruiser behind the suspicious vehicle when the Monte Carlo, which was driven by Jones, stopped in the roadway along the curb. The car then sped away at a high rate of speed and ran several stop signs, deputies said.
The deputy notified VCTF members in the area about the Monte Carlo. He tried to make a traffic stop on the car while westbound on 14th Avenue S.
Euler was driving his unmarked Chevrolet Tahoe southbound on 16th Street S. Deputies said Jones ran the stop sign at 14th Avenue and 16th Street S and crashed into the driver’s side of Euler’s agency vehicle.
After the impact, deputies said Jones fled on foot but was taken into custody shortly afterwards.
The VCTF is a countywide, multi-jurisdictional task force that focuses on violent crime in Pinellas County. The task force is comprised of law enforcement officers from the Pinellas County Sheriff’s Office and the St. Petersburg and Clearwater police departments.
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