Tuesday, January 16, 2018
Public safety

Driver involved in crash with Pinellas deputy cruiser arrested on DUI charges

CLEARWATER — A 22-year-old man was arrested early Sunday on a charge of impaired driving after a crash involving a deputy's cruiser, the Pinellas County Sheriff's Office said.

About 12:30 a.m., deputy Steven Wolcott, 41, was driving north on Belcher Road as he headed home after an off-duty detail in his cruiser. At the time, a 2005 Saturn, traveling with only parking lights on, was headed south.

Wolcott didn't see the car, made a left onto Bell Cheer Drive and struck the Saturn's side rear, the Sheriff's Office said.

Wolcott was not hurt. The driver of the Saturn, Christian Brinsko of Clearwater, was taken to Morton Plant Hospital with minor injuries, but was later released.

Deputies determined Brinsko was driving while impaired and believe narcotics are a factor in the crash. He was arrested on charges of DUI and DUI involving property damage.

Brinsko was booked into the Pinellas County jail, where he remained Sunday morning in lieu of $1,000 bail.

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