A Tarpon Springs man was seriously injured early Saturday after his motorcycle rammed into the back of a Pinellas deputy's unmarked patrol car, authorities said. Just after midnight, Deputy Travis Sibley was driving south on Alt. U.S. 19 near Georgia Avenue in Palm Harbor. Martin L. McFadden, 23, was driving his 2001 Honda motorcycle behind the deputy. As Sibley slowed to make a U-turn, McFadden tried to pass him by driving in the center turn lane of the two-lane road, a sheriff's report said. The motorcycle then struck the deputy's rear quarter panel and McFadden was ejected. McFadden, who wore a helmet, was taken to a local hospital with serious injuries that did not appear life-threatening. Sibley also went to a hospital with non-life-threatening injuries. Investigators said they did not believe alcohol was involved and that charges are pending.
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Tampa Bay area
Drug dropoff event breaks one record
On Saturday, law enforcement agencies all around Tampa Bay took part in national National Drug Take-Back Day, and at least one broke a record. The Pinellas County Sheriff's Office collected a record of more than 1,500 pounds of drugs - mostly pills - during the four-hour event. Since the agency kicked off the local program in 2009, people have dropped off nearly 13,000 pounds. The Clearwater Police Department also had a big turnout, collecting about 600 pounds. That's nearly twice as much as officers received during an event in September. In Hillsborough County, numbers will not be available until the drugs are sorted and weighed on Monday, according to Hillsborough County Sheriff's Office spokeswoman Cristal Bermudez Nunez. But the event went so well that the Sheriff's Office ran out of boxes and had to get more.
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Driver killed in fiery crash
A man was killed early Saturday after his car struck a tree off Gunn Highway, south of North Mobley Road, authorities said. Just after 2 a.m., the driver of a 2005 Dodge Stratus failed to make a left-hand curve, then jumped the shoulder and struck a tree. Soon after, the car caught fire. Hillsborough sheriff's detectives are still working to identify the man found inside.