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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]
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