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Report: Drunken driver sends Pinellas deputy, himself, another to hospital

PALM HARBOR — The man who investigators say caused a crash that injured a Pinellas County sheriff's deputy Sunday night was arrested after his release from the hospital Monday afternoon and charged with multiple DUI-related crimes.

Brian Jandernal, 30, of Clearwater failed to stop at a stoplight and rear-ended the deputy's cruiser and a Dodge Magnum on U.S. 19 at Tampa Road about 10:10 p.m., according to deputies.

Jandernal was arrested on one count of misdemeanor DUI, two counts of DUI with property damage and two counts of DUI with personal injury.

Deputies said Jandernal's blood alcohol level was 0.430, more than five times the threshold at which state law presumes a driver is impaired.

The deputy, Jandernal and one passenger of the Dodge were hospitalized after the crash.

The Sheriff's Office said Deputy Matthew Ware, 36, was stopped at a red light on southbound U.S. 19 at Tampa Road. John Zappa, 51, and his 27-year-old son, Tyler Zappa, were stopped next to the deputy in the outside center lane.

A 1998 Toyota 4-Runner driven by Jandernal failed to stop and struck the other cars, authorities said. Emergency crews had to extract Jandernal.

All three drivers were taken to Mease Countryside Hospital for treatment.

Ware is a 12-year veteran of the Pinellas sheriff's office.

Report: Drunken driver sends Pinellas deputy, himself, another to hospital 02/07/11 [Last modified: Monday, February 7, 2011 9:10pm]
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