Pinellas County Sheriff’s Office
Patrol Operations Bureau
- Major Accident Investigation Team (M.A.I.T.)
Bernard Harry Deins III (Driver – Injured)
Address: 8727 70th Street North, Pinellas Park
Vehicle: 2001 Ford Windstar van
Antonio Latroit Trevino (Arrested Suspect Driver – Uninjured)
Address: 1026 59th Avenue North, St. Petersburg
Vehicle: 2008 Chevrolet Impala
Charges: Driving Under the Influence with Bodily Injury, Fleeing and Eluding, Reckless Driving with Property Damage, Driving While License Suspended and/or Revoked, Possession of Marijuana, Possession of Drug Paraphernalia
Deputies assigned to the Major Accident Investigation Team are investigating a two vehicle crash causing non-life threating injuries to a Pinellas Park man.
The crash occurred at about 5:30 a.m. on Friday, February 9, 2018.
The crash occurred on 66th Street North, just north of 46th Avenue North in Kenneth City.
Deputies assigned to the Major Accident Investigation Team (M.A.I.T) are investigating a two vehicle crash causing non-life threating injuries to a Pinellas Park man.
On Friday, February 9, 2018 at approximately 5:20 a.m. a citizen reported a reckless driver on 54th Avenue North, in unincorporated St. Petersburg. The citizen advised a Chevrolet Impala was driving the wrong way on 54th Avenue North, weaving in and out of traffic.
An on-duty Pinellas County Sheriff’s Office Sergeant, driving an unmarked patrol car, observed the suspect vehicle near 68th Street North and 54th Avenue North. The sergeant did not activate his emergency lights or sirens, and began to follow the vehicle.
At 71st Street North and 46th Avenue North, the sergeant activated his emergency lights and siren, in an attempt to conduct a traffic stop on the suspect vehicle. The Chevrolet Impala did not stop and the sergeant turned off his emergency lights and siren and did not pursue the vehicle.
A short time later, a patrol deputy was able to successfully deploy a tire deflation device at 68th Street North and 46th Avenue North, but the Chevrolet Impala continued to drive recklessly.
Still not in pursuit, patrol deputies relocated the vehicle at 42nd Avenue North and 66th Street North. A precision immobilization technique was attempted, but was not successful and the suspect vehicle continued driving north on 66th Street. Deputies did not activate their lights and sirens, as they followed the Chevrolet Impala from a distance.
As the suspect vehicle passed 46th Avenue North, it struck a Ford Windstar being driven by 65-year-old Bernard Deins III, as he was turning left from the southbound lanes of 66th Street North, into a gas station parking lot.
The crash disabled both vehicles and the driver of the suspect vehicle, identified as 34-year-old Antonio Trevino, was taken into custody.
Deins was transported to a local hospital with non-life threating injuries.
Trevino was arrested and charged with: Driving Under the Influence with Bodily Injury; Fleeing and Eluding; Reckless Driving with Property Damage; Driving While License Suspended and/or Revoked; Possession of Marijuana; Possession of Drug Paraphernalia.
Speed and impairment are both factors in this crash.
The investigation continues.
Booking photo of Trevino
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