Monday, June 18, 2018
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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.

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