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Man accused of DUI after fleeing crash; other driver injured

SOUTH PASADENA — A 57-year-old man was accused of driving under the influence after he fled from the scene of a two-car crash on Tuesday night, according to Pinellas sheriff's deputies.

The crash happened just before 9:30 p.m. as driver John Svoboda, 72, headed north on Pasadena Avenue toward Huffman Way. Driver Jeffrey Braden headed south on Pasadena Avenue, turned left on the median break and struck the driver's side of Svoboda's Toyota. The Toyota flipped onto its passenger side.

Svoboda was taken to Bayfront Medical Center and was expected to survive.

Braden fled, deputies said.

But a witness followed his Ford Explorer and reported his tag number and location.

Deputies interviewed Braden at his home on S Shore Drive, and he admitted to drinking alcohol before crashing and fleeing.

After being treated for minor injuries at Bayfront Medical Center, Braden was arrested on charges of DUI, DUI with personal injury/property damage, leaving the scene of a crash with personal injury and property damage. He was being held at the Pinellas County Jail early Wednesday in lieu of $6,000 bail.

Man accused of DUI after fleeing crash; other driver injured 06/22/11 [Last modified: Wednesday, June 22, 2011 12:09pm]
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