Make us your home page

Today’s top headlines delivered to you daily.

(View our Privacy Policy)

Diabetic driver dies after being stopped by Tampa police

TAMPA — A driver who struck two cars, and who officers first thought was being reckless, actually suffered a diabetic episode and died later at a hospital Wednesday, police said.

Tampa police identified the driver Wednesday night as Arthur Green, Jr., 63, of Tampa.

According to a Tampa police spokeswoman, an officer was called about 4:35 p.m. to the scene of a driver who was swerving across both lanes of Central Avenue, onto the sidewalk and into a stop sign. As the officer arrived, the driver swerved into oncoming traffic and hit two cars. No one was injured, but the driver was stopped.

He then became combative with the officer, who called for help, the agency spokeswoman said. A second officer arrived and helped handcuff Green.

But because of his behavior, police grew concerned he was suffering some sort of diabetic incident.

Green stopped breathing. The officers, whose names also have not been released, uncuffed him and began CPR.

Tampa Fire Rescue revived Green, and he was taken to St. Joseph's Hospital. He later died.

The police spokeswoman said it appears he suffered from severe hypoglycemia, or very low blood-sugar. According to the Mayo Clinic, that can cause confusion, abnormal behavior, double or blurred vision and sometimes seizures.

Police have since learned Green has a history of diabetic incidents. Rescue crews responded to his home twice before — on Feb. 17th and then just last Friday — for diabetic-related incidents, the spokeswoman said.

Diabetic driver dies after being stopped by Tampa police 04/16/14 [Last modified: Wednesday, April 16, 2014 9:58pm]
Photo reprints | Article reprints

© 2017 Tampa Bay Times


Join the discussion: Click to view comments, add yours

  1. Rays appear close to landing Marlins shortstop Hechavarria


    Hechavarria is a two-time Gold Glove finalist who could help settle the Rays sometimes leaky infield defense.

    Adeiny Hechavarria is a two-time Gold Glove finalist who could help settle the Rays sometimes leaky infield defense.
  2. What to watch this week: Catch these titles before they leave Netflix in July


    It's been less than a week since summer officially started, and I don't know about you, but I'm more than ready for cooler weather to get here. It's too hot outside to function (looking at you, 116 degree Arizona), but Netflix has us covered with a boatload of new TV shows and movies coming in July. Unfortunately, that …

    Michael Keaton as the Dark Knight in 1989's Batman.
  3. Do you need to vote in city elections to run for mayor of St. Pete? Jesse Nevel says no


    Jesse Nevel is running for mayor. But, voting records show, he has never cast a ballot in a St. Petersburg city election.

    Jesse Nevel is running for mayor, but has never voted in a city election
  4. St. Petersburg man arrested for breaking into 12 homes being tented for termites


    ST. PETERSBURG — A 36-year-old former pest control worker was arrested for burglarizing 12 homes over the last five weeks, according to St. Petersburg police.

    David Cooper, 26, was arrested for breaking into 12 homes tented for termites over five weeks, according to St. Petersburg Police. [Photo courtesy of Pinellas County Sheriff's Office]
  5. Video: Gator snaps at photographer who got too close at Paynes Prairie


    Perhaps this guy should have just used a zoom lens.

    A video that was posted June 17 on Facebook by Ben Boukari Jr. shows the gator lurching at the photographer, causing him to stumble behind some shrubbery as it chomped at a tripod and rested near his backpack before staring him down. [Facebook]