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Teen in Safety Harbor crash with Pinellas deputy may have been drinking, officials say

SAFETY HARBOR — A teenager involved in an accident with a Pinellas deputy early Wednesday morning may have been drinking, authorities said.

According to the Pinellas County Sheriff's Office, 17-year-old Gabrielle Granata turned into the path of Deputy Robert Wojciechowski about 12:30 a.m. as she tried to make a right from the inside lane of State Road 580. The accident happened near McMullen-Booth Road.

Wojciechowski, who was in the center lane in a marked cruiser, hit Granata's 1998 Toyota Camry. The crash caused only minor damage to the vehicles.

Wojciechowski, 44, and Granata, of 1825 Carlton Drive in Clearwater, were both hospitalized with injuries that did not appear to be life threatening.

Granata's two passengers — Teela Armstrong, 17, and Corey Lott, 18, both of Oldsmar — were also hospitalized with injuries that did not appear to be life threatening.

Granata is suspected of having been drinking, and alcohol is being investigated as a possible contributing cause to the crash, authorities said.

"They smelled the odor of an alcoholic beverage on her breath," said Sheriff's Office spokesman Sgt. Tom Nestor.

No charges have been filed. An investigation is ongoing.

Teen in Safety Harbor crash with Pinellas deputy may have been drinking, officials say 06/23/10 [Last modified: Wednesday, June 23, 2010 5:11pm]
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