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DUI charges added in Clearwater accident that killed cabdriver

CLEARWATER — More charges have been added against a Largo man who ran a red light last month and crashed into a cabdriver, killing him, police say.

Brian Keith Ferry Sr., 47, was charged with driving under the influence manslaughter and felony DUI with property damage on Monday.

He has been held without bail in the Pinellas County Jail since the April 12 accident. Ferry was originally charged with vehicular homicide, fleeing or eluding and driving with a suspended or revoked license causing injury.

The DUI charges were added when police received blood test results that showed Ferry's blood-alcohol level was 0.171 percent about an hour and a half after the crash. That's more than twice the level at which Florida law presumes that someone is unable to safely drive a motor vehicle.

Ferry has at least four previous driving-under-the-influence charges in Florida. His license was revoked more than eight years ago.

Clearwater police tried to arrest Ferry on an outstanding warrant on April 12 after getting a tip that a man wanted for failing to appear in court for driving with a suspended or revoked license was at the Copper Mug Bar at 1463 S Belcher Road.

Ferry left the bar about 1:45 a.m. Officers tried to pull over his 1998 Dodge Ram, but he sped north on Belcher, police said. Officers did not chase Ferry because his misdemeanor warrant did not qualify as grounds for pursuit, a department spokeswoman said.

Shortly afterward, Ferry ran a red light at Drew Street and crashed into a Yellow Cab driven by 32-year-old Joshua James Donahue.

Donahue, a father of three from New Port Richey, was pronounced dead at Mease Countryside Hospital and at 2:35 a.m.

DUI charges added in Clearwater accident that killed cabdriver 05/18/10 [Last modified: Tuesday, May 18, 2010 6:17pm]
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