Make us your home page
Instagram

Today’s top headlines delivered to you daily.

(View our Privacy Policy)

St. Petersburg police searching for driver who hit officer

This is the scene of a crash at Neptune Drive SE and Manatee Drive in St. Petersburg on Monday night where the trouble began.

DIRK SHADD | Times

This is the scene of a crash at Neptune Drive SE and Manatee Drive in St. Petersburg on Monday night where the trouble began.

ST. PETERSBURG — A police officer was hospitalized after being hit by a car Monday night at the scene of a crash.

St. Petersburg police were searching late Monday for the car's driver.

Police spokesman Mike Puetz said the officer's injuries were not life-threatening. His name was withheld until his family was notified.

Puetz said that based on preliminary information, it happened this way:

Police and firefighter-paramedics answered a call to a crash at Neptune Drive and Beach Drive SE on Coquina Key, where a car had struck a pole and knocked down power lines.

Officers blocked off the street.

About 8:45 p.m. a silver, four-door sedan came fast toward the intersection and then came to an abrupt stop.

When a police officer approached the male driver, he caught a strong odor of marijuana in the car.

The officer ordered the driver to cut off the car, and he complied.

But when the officer told him and his passenger to get out, they were reluctant.

Two other officers came to help.

They got the passenger out of the car, but when they opened the driver's side door, he restarted the car, hit the gas and ran into three officers with the open car door. He also hit a fire rescue vehicle parked nearby. The driver kept going and was gone before police could chase him.

The passenger was detained, Puetz said, and officers believe they have identified the driver.

Police did not release the name of the passenger or the suspected driver.

Anne Lindberg can be reached at alindberg@tampabay.com or (727) 893-8450.

St. Petersburg police searching for driver who hit officer 03/11/13 [Last modified: Tuesday, March 12, 2013 9:02am]
Photo reprints | Article reprints

© 2017 Tampa Bay Times

    

Join the discussion: Click to view comments, add yours

Loading...
  1. Southern Heritage group draws fire for posting personal information of Confederate statue opponents

    Politics

    TAMPA — Curtiss Wilson is an 89-year-old Tampa resident who fought in the civil rights movement.

    A report by Save Southern Heritage Florida includes the "affiliation" of more than 100 people who spoke at the July 19 commission meeting in favor of removing  the Confederate monument from in front of the old county courthouse in Tampa. People on the list say the report was meant to intimidate and harrass opponents of the monument. Save Southern Heritage director Doug Guetzloe said the report is "opposition research" meant to to inform elected officials about who was speaking on the issue.
[Save Southern Heritage Florida]
  2. Gen. Votel interview: 'A bit of a stalemate' in Afghanistan, but a chance to optimize gains there

    Military

    In developing the plan for the war in Afghanistan that he announced Monday night, President Donald Trump consulted with advisers including his military leaders throyugh their chain of command.

  3. Water Street Tampa unveils illustrations showing downtown's transformation

    Business

    TAMPA — Water Street Tampa, the sweeping, 50-plus acre redevelopment project in Tampa's urban core, has unveiled new images and video of what the downtown district will look like upon completion.

    Strategic Property Partners released a conceptual image of what the Tampa skyline will look like once its redevelopment of 50-plus acres of downtown will look like. [Photo courtesy of  of SPP]
  4. Bill Nelson shares Rick Scott's cautious stance on Confederate monuments

    Blogs

    On the issue of Confederate monuments, Sen. Bill Nelson is taking the cautious route of Gov. Rick Scott.

  5. St. Pete Beach to vote on loosening drinking rules for hotel guests

    News

    ST. PETE BEACH — The city commission will vote Tuesday night whether to allow alcohol on the beach.

    Registered hotel guests would be able to drink alcoholic beverages at their cabanas on the beach under a new rule the St. Pete Beach City Commission is considering. [Times files]