Habitual red light runner in Clearwater caught on camera

Pinellas County
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A red light runner who repeatedly ran the light at the intersection of South Belcher Road and Gulf-To-Bay Boulevard tells WFLA.com he doesn’t remember running the light.

John Jahrling, 60, who lists his address in Holiday, is the registered owner of an SUV captured blowing through the red light five times in the last 17 days.  

On Feb. 26, the vehicle was recorded twice running the light.

Jahrling contacted WFLA and admits he was the one driving the SUV but didn’t want to do an interview.

Rob Shaw with Clearwater police said what is concerning is the driver slows for the red signal and then appears to proceed through, knowing he is violating the law.

It’s like he fully realizes the light is red. He’s not catching it at the end of a cycle or the beginning of a cycle where he’s having to floor it to get through the intersection, said Shaw. It’s like he’s aware of what he’s doing.

Jahrling’s sister also contacted WFLA.com to report she is concerned for her brother’s mental health.  

In December, family members reported him missing to Daytona Beach Police. He was later found in Georgia. At the time, they told detectives he was displaying eratic behavior after the passing of his mother.

Shaw says officers are concerned with any red light runner, but this one is of particular concern.  

It’s not safe for that driver, it’s not safe for anyone who’s around that intersection, said Shaw.  

It’s not something that we like to see at all.

Florida Highway Patrol Sgt. Steve Gaskins reports Jahrling does have a valid Florida drivers license, but that could change if those red light camera tickets aren’t paid.

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