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Clearwater man arrested after head-on crash

CLEARWATER — A 21-year-old Clearwater man faces multiple charges after he drove his car head-on into a pickup and then tried to run away, deputies said.

Matthew J. Bunch was driving recklessly in a rented 2012 Ford Fusion about 11:15 p.m. when Deputy Martin Guzman tried to pull him over on Overbrook Avenue in unincorporated Clearwater, the Pinellas County Sheriff's Office said. Bunch made a wide turn onto Douglas Avenue, drove into oncoming traffic and crashed head-on into a Chevy S10 pickup truck, deputies said.

Bunch and his passenger fled. Guzman caught Bunch, who was treated at a local hospital for injuries that were not life threatening, released and booked into the Pinellas County Jail. He is charged with leaving the scene of an accident resulting in injury, fleeing and eluding law enforcement, trafficking in hydromorphone and resisting arrest without violence.

Deputies were still working Saturday to identify his passenger.

Two passengers in the pickup, Kaylen Hayes, 17, and Laurie Hayes, 16, were treated at a local hospital for injuries that were not life threatening, the Sheriff's Office said. Driver Kimberly Riggien, 43, and passenger Khanrrien Hayes, 13, were not injured.

Clearwater man arrested after head-on crash 05/24/14 [Last modified: Saturday, May 24, 2014 5:09pm]
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