Pinellas Sheriff Fires Detention Deputy Suspected of DUI in Crash
Investigators said she showed obvious signs of impairment at the time of the 54th Avenue crash.
PINELLAS COUNTY – A detention deputy has lost her job after investigators concluded she was drunk when she crashed into another car on 54th Avenue N, the Pinellas County Sheriff’s Office said.
Kimberly Marie Peck, 53, of Largo, was fired Tuesday (Feb. 12), which is consistent with sheriff’s office policy. Peck had been with the sheriff’s office since Jan. 28, 2002. She worked as a detention deputy and was assigned to the Pinellas County Jail.
The crash happened about 4:22 p.m. Monday (Feb. 11) at the intersection of 54th Avenue N and 71st Street in the unincorporated west Lealman area of Pinellas County, according to the Florida Highway Patrol, which investigated the crash.
Peck was taken to Northside Hospital with minor injuries after the crash. The occupants of the other car, a 37-year-old woman and a 17-year-old boy, both of St. Petersburg, were taken to St. Petersburg General Hospital with minor injuries.
Troopers said Peck was driving a 2017 Honda CRV north on 71st Street when she turned right onto 54th. Peck turned wide and hit the front of a 2016 Honda Fit, which was stopped at a red light on 54th.
Troopers said that, after the impact, Peck’s car continued traveling east and came to a final rest at the intersection of 54th and 70th Lane N.
The sheriff’s office said Peck showed obvious indicators of impairment. Evidence collected through the investigation determined Peck was under the influence of alcoholic beverages and was over the legal limit at the time of the crash.
Charges are pending, troopers said.
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