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Deputies still searching for driver who jumped off Belleair Causeway Bridge

LARGO — Deputies were still searching Wednesday for a man who jumped off the Belleair Causeway Bridge after a traffic stop.

The man, who was driving a 2005 dark blue Dodge Durango, was stopped on the bridge at about 9:30 p.m. Tuesday for speeding. A deputy asked for his license and vehicle registration, and as he researched information in his patrol car, the driver ran to the bridge railing and jumped over, according to the Pinellas County Sheriff's Office.

Sheriff's Office helicopters and boats searched through the night, along with the U.S. Coast Guard and the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission. The man was not located.

Deputies were looking into several leads about the driver's whereabouts.

The man, approximately 34 years of age, was last seen wearing blue jeans and a dark-colored shirt and possibly had a tattoo at the base of his neck, deputies said. The Sheriff's Office released surveillance images of the driver at a convenience store before the traffic stop.

Anyone with information is asked to call the Sheriff's Office at (727)582-6200, or call Crime Stoppers anonymously at (800)873-8477.

Deputies still searching for driver who jumped off Belleair Causeway Bridge 09/25/13 [Last modified: Wednesday, September 25, 2013 6:49pm]
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