Pinellas County

Clearwater firefighter hit with Taser after DUI arrest, left cocaine footprints in deputy's vehicle

A Clearwater firefighter who was arrested for DUI left footprints inside of a deputy cruiser that tested positive for cocaine, according to an affidavit. 

Around 6 p.m. Tuesday, Andrew Leeth, 35, a fire medic at the Clearwater Fire Department was found unresponsive and slumped over behind the wheel of his 2001 Chevrolet Silverado pickup truck at a traffic light at the intersection of Boca Ciega Dr. and 75th Ave. in St. Pete Beach.  The truck was in drive and no other passengers were inside the vehicle, deputies said.  

When officers made contact with Leeth, they immediately noticed signs of impairment and detected alcohol on his breath, but said Leeth refused to perform field sobriety tests or take a breath test, according to an affidavit.  

Leeth was taken into custody and placed into the back of a squad car. Officers said when he entered the car, the backseat was clean, but after Leeth exited the vehicle, officers found footprints with a white powdery substance that had been ground into the seat.  The substance later tested positive for cocaine, according to the affidavit. 

Paramedics made a note of his high heart rate and suggested Leeth be taken to the hospital for further evaluation. Since he was not able to provide a breath sample, Leeth was asked to provide a blood test at the hospital. But deputies said Leeth refused, then removed his medical equipment and tried to run out of the emergency room. Deputies deployed a Taser to stop Leeth and he was taken into custody and charged with driving under the influence, resisting an officer without violence and possession of a controlled substance.

He was later released from the Pinellas County Jail on a $2,650 bond. 

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