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Madeira Beach man faces child neglect, drunk driving charges after crashes Wednesday

Published Jul. 12, 2013

Pinellas Sheriff's deputies said a man crashed his car into a telephone pole before dropping off a 7-year-old girl alone at a traffic median then crashing once more Wednesday night.

Grant Mulder, 41, of Madeira Beach faces a litany of charges, including leaving the scene of a crash and DUI. He also faces a neglect of a child charge for leaving the little girl, who authorities say is known to him.

She was a passenger in his SUV when he hit a pole at the intersection of 131st Avenue and Pelican Lane shortly after 10 p.m., deputies reported. Deputies said he fled that scene, dropped the unidentified girl off at the intersection of Duhme Road and the Tom Stuart Causeway, and continued to drive.

Sheriff's officials said Mulder later hit two cars that were stopped at a red light on 113th Street at Park Boulevard. The drivers of those cars, an 18-year-old man and a 21-year-old woman, had minor injuries.

Mulder had tried to drive in between the two cars before causing the accident, the Sheriff's Office said. He fled again, and a deputy arrested him at the intersection of 113th Street and Ulmerton Road, deputies said.

When deputies put Mulder in the back of a cruiser, they said, he tried to kick the windows out. His license had been previously suspended or revoked, according to the Sheriff's Office.

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