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Two Pinellas deputies suspended after high-speed pursuit

PINELLAS PARK — Two Pinellas County deputies were suspended earlier this year for initiating a pursuit at speeds up to 110 mph, according to documents recently released by the Sheriff's Office.

On Oct. 7, deputies Jose Camacho and Joshua Jones began a pursuit on Park Boulevard in Pinellas Park of a driver they believed was conducting a drug transaction, records show. Deputy Mitchell Grissinger later joined in the chase.

The suspect's car crashed into another driver's vehicle and a deputy's patrol car. The deputies "continued to drive at excessive speeds as the pursuit entered residential areas and as the roadway conditions changed due to inclement weather," the documents state.

Despite a nine-mile pursuit that ended along Haines Road when a sergeant called off the chase, the driver was not apprehended.

Camacho received a 32-hour suspension and Jones was suspended for 24 hours. They served their suspensions in April and May, records show. Grissinger's involvement in the chase remains under Sheriff's Office policy review.

Two Pinellas deputies suspended after high-speed pursuit 08/09/13 [Last modified: Friday, August 9, 2013 3:14pm]
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