Pinellas Park police arrest man in rollover crash on U.S. 19

Published Jun. 23, 2015

Pinellas Park police arrested a driver hours after a rollover crash on U.S. 19 left a passenger with serious injuries early Monday.

Officers responded about 3 a.m. at the 7000 block of the highway and found a 1999 red Ford Explorer rolled over at an intersection. One man had been ejected from the vehicle and was seriously injured. The driver ran away, police said, but was later spotted by a tipster and taken into custody.

Joshua Jonte Campbell, 30, of St. Petersburg was arrested on a felony charge of leaving the scene of a crash with serious bodily injury and a misdemeanor charge of driving with a suspended or revoked license, according to police.

The passenger, a 43-year-old man from St. Petersburg, was taken to a hospital and is expected to live.

Campbell had been "driving erratically from lane to lane" before the crash, police said, citing a driver who witnessed it. The SUV went off the road, struck a curb, rolled over and crashed into a pedestrian signal pole, police said.

Police used dogs to search for Campbell without luck. About an hour and a half after the crash, a resident called police to report a suspicious "male riding a bicycle around the neighborhood," police said. Once there, police found Campbell with injuries to his face, and a witness from the crash identified him as the driver, authorities said.