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DUI suspect arrested after Largo chase, crash that injures two others

LARGO — A man officials believe was driving drunk late Wednesday led deputies on a chase that resulted in a three-car collision and sent two people to the hospital.

It began when witnesses reported that a gold Cadillac sedan was driving "all over the roadway" near Ulmerton Road and 66th Street just before 11:30 p.m.

Deputy Gregory Horton, 32, spotted the car and began to follow it. That's when the Cadillac, driven by Joseph Johnson, 34, of Bradenton, pulled onto the wrong side of the road, deputies said.

Johnson was driving west on the eastbound side of Ulmerton when he sideswiped a Honda Pilot driven by James McAnnaly, 54, according to reports. McAnnaly was not injured, deputies said.

Johnson then returned to the westbound side of the road and continued on as Horton unsuccessfully tried to use his cruiser to force Johnson to stop his car, officials said.

As Horton began to approach Johnson, the Cadillac sped away, sideswiping Horton's cruiser and again driving into oncoming traffic, deputies said.

At 66th and Ulmerton, Johnson crashed head-on into a Ford Explorer driven by Stanley Wilson, 32, of Largo, deputies said.

Wilson was stopped at a red light in the westbound right lane of Ulmerton. The crash sent the Explorer into a stopped Toyota Tacoma driven by William Davis, 58, deputies said.

Johnson and Wilson were taken to a hospital. Deputies said they were expected to survive their injuries. Davis and Sharon Glanton-Davis, 58, a passenger in the Toyota, were uninjured.

The Cadillac Johnson was driving and Wilson's Explorer were totaled, officials said. The Toyota received minor damage.

Deputies said alcohol was a factor.

Johnson remains in the hospital in serious condition, guarded by a deputy.

He will be charged with four counts of DUI involving property damage, two counts of leaving the scene of a crash with property damage, DUI involving serious bodily injury and aggravated fleeing and eluding of a police officer.

DUI suspect arrested after Largo chase, crash that injures two others 11/03/11 [Last modified: Thursday, November 3, 2011 11:00pm]
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