Drunk driver injured Pinellas deputy, authorities said

LARGO —- A Largo man was arrested Sunday afternoon, accused of driving drunk and causing an accident with a Pinellas County sheriff's deputy, authorities said.

Steven Pate, 36, was charged with driving under the influence, DUI with property damage, DUI with bodily injury, failure to submit to a breath test and habitual driving without a valid license.

According to the Sheriff's Office, Pate turned in front of a marked cruiser driven by 32-year-old Deputy Kelly Antolini at the intersection of Walsingham and Vonn roads. The cruiser hit the left front of Pate's 1993 Ford Escort.

Antolini was taken to Largo Medical Center with injuries that were not life threatening. Pate, of 1306 Harbor Hills Drive, was taken to Bayfront Medical Center in St. Petersburg, where he was treated and released.

Pate's passenger, 39-year-old Richard Brennan refused treatment at the scene, but later went to a local hospital for treatment of non-life threatening injuries.

Pate is being held at the Pinellas County Jail in lieu of $6,250 bail.

Drunk driver injured Pinellas deputy, authorities said 07/19/09 [Last modified: Monday, July 20, 2009 12:35pm]

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