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12-143 M.A.I.T. Investigates Deputy Involved Crash In Palm Harbor

Pinellas County Sheriff’s Office
Patrol Operations Bureau
-Major Accident Investigation Team (M.A.I.T.)

Deputy Jason Howard
Age: 41
Date of Hire:  10/20/2006
Vehicle: 2006 Chevy Impala

Charles Haenig
DOB: 10/27/1930
Address: 2311 Brisbane, Apt 11, Clearwater
Vehicle: 2012 Chrysler 200

The Sheriff’s Office Major Accident Investigation Team is investigating a deputy involved crash with minor injuries.

Deputies responded to the crash at about 9:33 p.m. on Sunday June 10, 2012.

The crash occurred at the intersection of Alderman and Belcher Roads in Palm Harbor.

According to investigators, Deputy Jason Howard was eastbound on the left turn lane of Alderman Road at Belcher Road, when he observed a traffic violation. Deputy Howard had a red light. He activated emergency lights and siren and looked to clear the intersection. As the deputy made the left turn onto Belcher Road, he was struck by 81-year-old Charles Haenig who was driving a Chrysler 200 southbound in the curb lane of Belcher Road. Deputy Howard’s cruiser was struck on the driver’s side rear door.

Deputy Howard was transported by ambulance to a local hospital for treatment of non-life threatening injuries. Haenig sustained minor bumps and bruises.

The investigation continues.

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