Make us your home page
Instagram

Today’s top headlines delivered to you daily.

(View our Privacy Policy)

DUI manslaughter suspect surrenders during Largo traffic stop

A Holiday man with an outstanding DUI manslaughter warrant turned himself in during a traffic stop Wednesday.

Largo police say they pulled over Brian Winthrop about 8:30 a.m. after clocking his motorcycle traveling 48 mph in a 30 mph zone near 5100 150th Ave. in Clearwater.

He was not wearing a helmet, and police said they discovered he did not have a motorcycle endorsement on his license.

During the stop, Winthrop informed the officer of the warrant stemming from a fatal crash that happened about 3:30 a.m. Nov. 15.

According to court papers, Winthrop, 33, was traveling north on U.S. 19 at Bryan Dairy Road in Pinellas Park when he struck motorcyclist Michael Burton with his blue Dodge Intrepid.

Winthrop, who authorities said smelled mildly of alcohol and had bloodshot, watery eyes, told officers the motorcycle swerved into him as he changed from the median lane to the middle lane.

Authorities said he told them he'd had one beer roughly four hours earlier at a party.

However, blood drawn about 90 minutes after the crash revealed an alcohol level of 0.112; about three hours after the crash the level was 0.092.

The level at which a driver is considered impaired is 0.08.

Officers determined Winthrop had failed to yield while changing lanes and rear-ended Burton's motorcycle.

Burton was pronounced dead at the scene.

Jail records show Winthrop was released Wednesday afternoon on $50,000 bail.

Keyonna Summers can be reached at (727) 445-4153 or ksummers@tampabay.com.

DUI manslaughter suspect surrenders during Largo traffic stop 04/12/13 [Last modified: Friday, April 12, 2013 10:09pm]
Photo reprints | Article reprints

© 2017 Tampa Bay Times

    

Join the discussion: Click to view comments, add yours

Loading...
  1. E Fletcher Avenue may be closed weeks for cavern repairs

    Roads

    Commuters near the University of South Florida will want to find alternate routes with work continuing to repair a "cavern" under E Fletcher Avenue near the Hillsborough River.

     Commuters near the University of South Florida will want to find alternate routes with work continuing to repair a "cavern" under E Fletcher Avenue near the Hillsborough River. [10News WTSP]
  2. Pasco eyes favoring local vendors for county business

    Local Government

    DADE CITY — Pasco commissioners want to give a leg up to local businesses bidding on county government contracts.

    "It's an economic driver. We owe it to the folks to keep money here, keep jobs here,'' said Pasco Commissioner Mike Wells Jr. about a proposed local preference purchasing ordinance.
  3. Insurance regulators fret over a spike in auto glass claims

    Banking

    TALLAHASSEE — Three months ago, state regulators weren't tracking a surge in broken auto glass claims, particularly in Tampa Bay.

    The issue has their attention now.

    The Office of Insurance Regulation is taking on assignment of benefits abuse in the 2018 legislative session. Pictured is Florida Insurance Commissioner David Altmaier. | [Times file photo]
  4. Rick Baker lowers expectations before St. Pete mayoral primary

    Blogs

    ST. PETERSBURG — Rick Baker officially lowered expectations in the mayoral race on Tuesday, saying his “battle for the future of the city” against Mayor Rick Kriseman might last until November.

    Baker has consistently led in local polls and fundraising totals this summer. But at a fundraiders …

    Rick Baker addresses supporters on Beach Drive Tuesday
  5. Music producer Kevin Erondu, 31, who grew up in Dade City, rose to prominence after creating the beat to "Swag Surfin'," a 2009 club hit that still inspires viral videos today. [Courtesy of Kevin Erondu]