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Impaired driver crashes into Pinellas deputy's vehicle, agency says

The driver faces charges after the Pinellas County Sheriff's Office said he ran a stop sign and crashed into the deputy's unmarked patrol vehicle in St. Petersburg.
Derrick Taylor, 34, of St. Petersburg, faces charges including DUI after he crashed into a Pinellas County deputy on Jan. 23, 2019.
Derrick Taylor, 34, of St. Petersburg, faces charges including DUI after he crashed into a Pinellas County deputy on Jan. 23, 2019.
Published Jan. 23, 2019

ST. PETERSBURG — A Pinellas sheriff's deputy suffered minor injuries early Wednesday after a crash involving an impaired driver.

The incident took place just after midnight at the intersection of 37th Street S and 11th Avenue S, according to the Pinellas County Sheriff's Office.

Derrick Taylor, 34, of St. Petersburg, was driving a 2013 Nissan Altima west on 11th Avenue S when deputies said he ran a stop sign. He ended up striking an unmarked 2007 Dodge Magnum patrol cruiser driven by Deputy Shawn Livernois, 31, the agency said.

The driver and deputy were both taken to a local hospital for treatment of minor injuries.

Taylor showed signs of impairment, deputies said, and after he was released from the hospital was booked into the Pinellas County jail. He was arrested on a charge of DUI involving property damage and cited for failing to stop for a stop sign and failing to wear his seat belt. He was being held late Wednesday in lieu of $500 bail.

Contact Carl Lisciandrello at clisciandrello@tampabay.com. Follow @carlmarksTimes

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