Make us your home page

Today’s top headlines delivered to you daily.

(View our Privacy Policy)

Police say Clearwater man rear-ends deputy's cruiser in Palm Harbor crash

PALM HARBOR - Authorities arrested a Clearwater man on several charges after they say he rear-ended a Pinellas deputy's cruiser while driving under the influence.

Herbert Hugh Andrew McClellan III, 45, crashed his 1996 Toyota Avalon into the back of Deputy Karl Gwynne's marked car at about 1:40 a.m. Saturday at the intersection of US 19 and Tampa Road.

Gwynne, 51, was stopped at the traffic light in the northbound center lane of the highway. He complained of neck injuries but refused treatment at the scene.

McClellan was taken to Mease Countryside for non-life threatening injuries. Authorities found open beer cans, marijuana and prescription medication in his car.

Investigators said his blood alcohol level was .183, more than twice the limit that Florida law assumes a driver to be impaired.

McClellan was arrested on charges of DUI, DUI with property damage, DUI with personal injury, driving with a suspended or revoked license, careless driving, no insurance, not wearing a seat belt, marijuana possession, open container and possessing a controlled substance.

Police say Clearwater man rear-ends deputy's cruiser in Palm Harbor crash 02/26/11 [Last modified: Saturday, February 26, 2011 11:11am]
Photo reprints | Article reprints

© 2017 Tampa Bay Times


Join the discussion: Click to view comments, add yours

  1. No. 16 USF hangs on at Tulane, off to first 7-0 start


    NEW ORLEANS — After half a season of mismatches, USF found itself in a grudge match Saturday night.

    USF quarterback Quinton Flowers (9) runs for a touchdown against Tulane during the first half of an NCAA college football game in New Orleans, La., Saturday, Oct. 21, 2017. (AP Photo/Derick E. Hingle) LADH103
  2. Lightning buries Penguins (w/video)

    Lightning Strikes

    TAMPA — Ryan Callahan spent a lot of time last season rehabilitating his injured hip alongside Steven Stamkos, who was rehabbing a knee after season-ending surgery. During those hours, Callahan noticed two things about Stamkos: his hunger and his excitement to return this season.

    Tampa Bay Lightning defenseman Slater Koekkoek (29) advances the puck through the neutral zone during the first period of Saturday???‚??„?s (10/21/17) game between the Tampa Bay Lightning and the Pittsburgh Penguins at Amalie Arena in Tampa.
  3. Spain planning to strip Catalonia of its autonomy


    BARCELONA, Spain — The escalating confrontation over Catalonia's independence drive took its most serious turn Saturday as Prime Minister Mariano Rajoy of Spain announced he would remove the leadership of the restive region and initiate a process of direct rule by the central government in Madrid.

    Demonstrators in Barcelona protest the decision to take control of Catalonia to derail the independence movement.
  4. Funeral held for soldier at center of political war of words (w/video)


    COOPER CITY — Mourners remembered not only a U.S. soldier whose combat death in Africa led to a political fight between President Donald Trump and a Florida congresswoman but his three comrades who died with him.

    The casket of Sgt. La David T. Johnson of Miami Gardens, who was killed in an ambush in Niger. is wheeled out after a viewing at the Christ The Rock Church, Friday, Oct. 20, 2017  in Cooper City, Fla. (Pedro Portal/Miami Herald via AP) FLMIH102
  5. Chemical industry insider now shapes EPA policy


    WASHINGTON — For years, the Environmental Protection Agency has struggled to prevent an ingredient once used in stain-resistant carpets and nonstick pans from contaminating drinking water.

    This is the Dow chemical plant near Freeport, Texas. Before the 2016 election, Dow had been in talks with the EPA to phase out the pesticide chlorpyrifos, which is blamed for disabilities in children. Dow is no longer willing to compromise.