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Dash cam shows Pinellas man intentionally hit motorcyclist with SUV, troopers say

Florida Highway Patrol troopers were called to what was initially reported as an accident. Dash cam video showed it was something more, they report.
This is a booking photo of Jonathan Edward Blaine, who is charged with intentionally hitting a motorcyclist and then fighting with troopers who were arresting him. [Pinellas County Sheriff's Office]
This is a booking photo of Jonathan Edward Blaine, who is charged with intentionally hitting a motorcyclist and then fighting with troopers who were arresting him. [Pinellas County Sheriff's Office]
Published Jan. 14
Updated Jan. 14

The Florida Highway Patrol has arrested a Pinellas County man who they say intentionally hit a motorcyclist, then fought with troopers who were taking him in to custody.

Jonathan Edward Blaine, 35, of Palm Harbor, faces multiple felonies in connection with the incident, which occurred Thursday in the area of Lake St. George and Langstaff drives in Palm Harbor.

Troopers reported that at about 2:15 p.m. that day, they were summoned to what was at first believed to be a vehicle accident. The call indicated people involved in the crash were arguing.

Troopers arrived and started speaking with Blaine. He told them that he was traveling south on Lake St. George when he saw a speeding motorcycle coming up behind him. Blaine said the motorcycle then hit his vehicle, arrest reports state.

But there was a dash cam and Blaine voluntarily let troopers see it, reports state.

The footage shows “where you can see the defendant is driving straight without any side to side movements then one sudden swift jerk of the vehicle to the left and the impact with the victim,” a trooper wrote in an arrest report.

The dash cam was not available to the public yet Tuesday.

Troopers noted the motorcyclist was injured and wished to prosecute. The motorcyclist’s name was redacted from arrest reports.

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The incident at that point was not over, however.

As troopers tried to arrest Blaine, he fought with them. Troopers took him to the ground, but Blaine “continued to fight for an extended time” until Pinellas sheriff’s deputies arrived on the scene and helped get him under control, reports state.

One trooper suffered minor injuries.

Blaine faces charges of aggravated battery with a deadly weapon in connection with the incident with the motorcycle; and charges of resisting arrest with violence, battery on a law enforcement officer and escape in connection with the fight with troopers.

Bail was initially set at $80,000. Blaine was being held at the Pinellas County jail Tuesday.

Related: He blew red lights in St. Pete at 100 mph, police say. It’s his third DUI arrest.

Blaine also was arrested in July last year on a charge of making a false report of a bomb, explosive device or weapon of mass destruction.

Court records show he became upset at a Pet Supermarket in Palm Harbor because the business would no longer take payment through an app. He became “so irate and belligerent store employees asked some customers to step to the back of the store out of fear for their safety," records state.

Deputies said he later called the Pet Supermarket corporate office and said “If I come back I’ll stab or shoot someone.”

Related: Pinellas man caused crash that sent boat flying. It’s his fourth DUI, troopers say.

Deputies also noted in that report that earlier in the year, they took a similar report after Blaine mentioned “that maybe he would have to blow up Congress to get something,” but there is no record of an arrest in that case.

The charge relating to the Pet Supermarket incident was dropped several months after the arrest, records show.

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