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Major Accident Investigation Team (MAIT) Deputies Are Investigating Three Crashes

Major Accident Investigation Team (MAIT) Deputies Are Investigating Three Crashes With Two Persons Injured, Involving The Same Driver; Which Occurred Before And During A pursuit With Deputies

Release Number: 11-257

Who:
Pinellas County Sheriff’s Office
Patrol Operations Bureau
Major Accident Investigation Team (MAIT)

Joseph Johnson (Driver, Injured, Arrested)
DOB: 05/26/1977
Address: 4880 51st Street West, # 1907, Bradenton FL.
Vehicle: 2000 Gold Cadillac 4 Door

Arrested for:
4 Counts of DUI IVOLVING PROPERTY DAMAGE
2 Counts LEAVING THE SCENE OF A CRASH INVOLVING PROPERTY DAMAGE
1 Count of DUI INVOLVING (SERIOUS BODILY INJURY)
1 Count of AGGRAVATED FLEEING AND ELUDING POLICE OFFICER

Stanley Wilson (Driver, Injured)
DOB: 08/14/1979
Address: 12536 Cross Street, Largo FL.
Vehicle: 1995 Ford Explorer

William Davis (Driver, Not Injured)
DOB: 07/10/1953
Address: 1565 Jeffrey Court, Largo FL.
Vehicle: 2010 Toyota Tacoma Pickup

Sharon Glanton-Davis (Passenger, Not Injured)
DOB: 10/02/1953
Address: 1565 Jeffrey Court, Largo FL.
Vehicle: 2010 Toyota Tacoma Pickup

James Mcanally (Driver, Not Injured)
DOB: 07/27/1957
Address: 7915 Shadow Run Drive, Largo FL.
Vehicle: 2011 Honda Pilot

Deputy Gregory Horton (Not Injured)
Age: 32
Date of Hire: 05/22/2006
Assigned to: Patrol Operations Bureau
Vehicle: Marked Sheriff’s Office 2010 Ford Crown Victoria

What: Pinellas County Sheriff’s Office, Major Accident Investigation Team (MAIT) deputies are investigating three crashes with two injuries, involving the same driver; which occurred before and during a pursuit with deputies.

Where: 66th Street and Ulmerton Road in Largo

When: Wednesday, November 2, 2011 at 11:21 p.m.

How/Why:
Pinellas County Sheriff’s Office, Major Accident Investigation Team (MAIT) deputies are investigating three crashes with injuries, involving the same driver, which occurred before and during a pursuit with deputies.

According to deputies this began at approximately 11:21 p.m. Wednesday November 2, 2011 when citizens called to report they were following a suspected DUI driver. Witnesses reported a gold Cadillac four door was driving all over the roadway possibly DUI in the area of 66th Street and Ulmerton Road in Largo.

Deputy Gregory Horton spotted the vehicle and began to follow it before activating his emergency equipment. The gold Cadillac, driven by Joseph Johnson of Bradenton, pulled into the wrong lanes of Ulmerton Road and headed westbound in the eastbound lanes sideswiping a Honda Pilot driven by James Mcannaly. Johnson then pulled back into the correct lanes and began heading westbound on Ulmerton Road.

Deputy Horton then activated the emergency equipment and attempted to stop Johnson, but he sped away. Deputy Cleary performed the Precision Immobilization Technique (PIT), stopping Johnson. However, as Deputy Horton started to approach Johnson he took off again, and this time he sideswiped Deputy Horton’s cruiser. Johnson again went into the wrong lanes and headed eastbound in the westbound lanes of Ulmerton Road.

At 66th Street and Ulmerton Road, Johnson crashed into a Ford Explorer driven by Stanley Wilson head-on, who was stopped at the red light westbound in the right lane of Ulmerton Road. The impact sent the Explorer into a Toyota Tacoma driven by William Davis and occupied by Sharon Glanton-Davis who was stopped in the left lane westbound on Ulmerton Road.

Johnson and Wilson were transported by ambulance to a local hospital with what appears to be non-life threatening injuries. No other persons were injured. Both Johnson’s Cadillac and Wilson’s Explorer were totaled as a result of the crash. The other vehicles received minor damage.

Johnson remains in serious condition at a local hospital guarded by deputies arrested for:
4 Counts of DUI IVOLVING PROPERTY DAMAGE
2 Counts LEAVING THE SCENE OF A CRASH INVOLVING PROPERTY DAMAGE
1 Count of DUI INVOLVING (SERIOUS BODILY INJURY)
1 Count of AGGRAVATED FLEEING AND ELUDING POLICE OFFICER

For security the name of the hospital will not be released.

The investigation continues.

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