Free on Bond, Clearwater Man Commits Other Crimes, Task Force Says
The man was accused in the 2014 death of a Clearwater school crossing guard, officials said.
PINELLAS COUNTY – The man was arrested after he fled from members of the violent crimes task force, according to the Pinellas County Sheriff’s Office.
Julious, or Julius, Ramone Johnson, 31, of 201 S Jupiter Ave., Clearwater, was charged with one count each of fleeing and eluding, trafficking in cocaine and driving with a suspended or revoked license. All are felonies.
Members of the VCTF said they saw a 2017 Buick Regal with illegal window tint in the area of 22nd Avenue S and 31st Street S in St. Petersburg about 9:50 p.m. Friday (Oct. 29). When task force members tried stopping the Buick, it fled at a high rate of speed. Task force members said the didn’t pursue it, but used stop sticks to deflate one of the car’s tires.
Johnson, who was the driver and only occupant of the Buick, was seen abandoning the care near a residence at 3026 Freemont Ter. N and fleeing on foot. After a brief foot pursuit, task force
members caught Johnson.
Investigators said Johnson admitted fleeing from officers because he did not have a valid driver’s license. Investigators also found about 33 grams of crack cocaine inside the Buick.
At the time of the incident, Johnson was out of jail on a $360,000 bond. He was charged with vehicular homicide involving the death of Clearwater school crossing guard Douglas Carey on May 20, 2014, at Gulf to Bay Boulevard and Belcher Road in Clearwater.
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, St. Petersburg Police Department and the Clearwater Police Department.
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