Pinellas County Sheriff’s Office
Patrol Operations Bureau
John Raymond Diede (Arrested)
Address: 2501 Harn Blvd. #H2, Clearwater
Arrested for two-counts Aggravated Battery with Motor Vehicle on LEO, one-count Aggravated Battery with a Motor Vehicle, Fleeing and Eluding, Resisting Arrest with Violence and Reckless Driving.
Deputy Timothy McTaggart
Hire Date: September 2004
Deputy William Copley
Hire Date: June 2001
Deputies have arrested a man after he refused to stop during a traffic stop, hit two Sheriff’s Deputy’s cruisers and a civilian’s vehicle and resisted arrest.
The incident occurred on Friday, January 17, 2014 at approximately 11:30 a.m.
Deputies observed the suspect’s vehicle driving recklessly in the area of U.S. 19 and Nebraska Avenue. The suspect was arrested in the area of U.S. 19 and Alderman Road.
Deputies initially responded to a call in reference to a reckless driver traveling Northbound in the area of U.S. 19 and Curlew Road, on Friday, January 17, 2014 at approximately 11:30 a.m. Deputy Timothy McTaggart and Deputy William Copley observed the suspect’s vehicle weaving and swerving through traffic in the area of U.S. 19 and Nebraska Avenue. Deputies initiated a traffic stop and the suspect refused to stop. The suspect traveled about a half mile coming to a stop at U.S. 19 and Alderman Road.
Both deputies positioned their cruisers next to the suspect’s vehicle and as Deputy McTaggart began to exit his marked cruiser the suspect drove forward, hitting Deputy McTaggart’s cruiser door. The suspect then continued to drive forward, swerving into Deputy Copley’s cruiser. After hitting the cruiser, the suspect continued to drive forward, intentionally striking the rear of a civilian’s vehicle in an attempt to push through the intersection.
Deputy McTaggart and Deputy Copley then approached the suspect’s vehicle, commanding the suspect to exit the vehicle. Due to the suspect’s refusal to obey commands, deputies broke the driver’s side window in an attempt to get the suspect out of the vehicle. The suspect again did not obey the commands to exit the vehicle, grabbing on to the steering wheel. At this time, deputies deployed an electronic control device at the suspect. Additional deputies arrived on scene and were able to place the suspect under arrest.
The suspect has been identified as 34-year-old John Raymond Diede.
Diede was arrested and transported to the Pinellas County Jail without further incident. Diede has been charged with two-counts Aggravated Battery with Motor Vehicle on LEO, one-count Aggravated Battery with a Motor Vehicle, Fleeing and Eluding, Resisting Arrest with Violence and Reckless Driving.
Deputy Timothy McTaggart and Deputy William Copley were treated for minor injuries. No one else was injured during the incident.
It does not appear that alcohol or drug impairment were factors in the incident.
The investigation continues.