Pinellas Deputy, St. Pete Police Officer Crash into Each Other’s Marked SUVs
The St. Petersburg officer received minor injuries; the deputy was not injured, the Pinellas County Sheriff’s Office said.
ST. PETERSBURG – A Pinellas deputy and a St. Petersburg police officer crashed into each other Friday (Jan. 20) night while on duty, according to the Pinellas County Sheriff’s Office.
The officer, Seth Maranville, received minor injuries in the crash. The deputy, Guy Habercom, 28, was not injured. He is a four-year veteran of the Sheriff’s Office.
The crash happened about 10:20 p.m. at the intersection of Fairfield Avenue and 43rd Street S in St. Petersburg. The two were working as part of the violent crimes task force conducting surveillance on a stolen vehicle. The VCTF is countywide, multi-jurisdictional task force that focuses on violent crime in Pinellas County. The task force is comprised of law enforcement officers from the Sheriff’s Office and the St. Petersburg and Clearwater police departments.
Habercom was driving his marked 2012 Chevrolet Tahoe cruiser westbound on Fairfield. When he reached the stop sign at the intersection of 43rd Street, Habercom tried stopping his cruiser but was unable to come to a complete halt. Deputies said they suspect an equipment malfunction.
The Tahoe hit the rear driver’s side of the marked 2016 Ford Explorer Maranville was driving. The impact caused the Explorer to travel off the roadway and overturn onto the passengerside of the SUV, deputies said. Deputies said that neither SUV was operating in emergency mode at the time of the crash.
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