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Pinellas Sheriff's sergeant, lieutenant suspended for roles in high-speed chase

A sergeant and lieutenant were suspended from the Pinellas County Sheriff's Office after one of them chased a car going up to 100 mph and the other failed to stop it, according to an internal investigation.

Sgt. Bryan Bingham received 56 hours of suspension for the unauthorized pursuit. His supervisor, Lt. James Bordner was suspended for eight hours after the investigation found he didn't stop Bingham, who was under his supervision.

About 1:40 a.m. Sept. 7, a car drove away from a traffic stop conducted by a deputy in the area of U.S. 19 and Republic Drive. The deputy said over the radio the stop involved charges that would not authorize a chase under department policy, according to the investigation.

Within about 12 minutes, Bingham found the vehicle and started to go after it. In an attempt to assist the pursuit, multiple deputies traveled at speeds of more than 100 mph through intersections around the county with and without their lights and sirens on.

Bingham testified he didn't know the other deputies were involved in the pursuit and was reprimanded for failing to supervise them, the investigation said. The chase lasted 24 minutes and covered about 32 miles into Tampa.

Pinellas Sheriff's sergeant, lieutenant suspended for roles in high-speed chase 11/29/16 [Last modified: Tuesday, November 29, 2016 9:09pm]
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