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Man arrested after crashing into Pinellas deputy’s agency vehicle in Pinellas Park

Pinellas County

PINELLAS PARK, Fla. (WFLA) – A man was arrested after crashing into a Pinellas County sheriff’s deputy’s vehicle in Pinellas Park on Wednesday morning.

According to investigators, Deputy Joshua Short, who was on-duty and driving his fully marked Chevrolet Tahoe west on 62nd Avenue North, was stopped for traffic just west of 53rd Street North.

Investigators said Ronald Reed, 30, was driving a BMW west on 62nd Avenue North when he failed to stop for traffic and struck the passenger side rear bumper of Deputy Short’s agency vehicle.

Reed’s vehicle left the road and entered a ditch, crossed over a driveway and then struck a second ditch, where the vehicle came to rest.

Reed and his passenger, Abrielle Smith, 19, were both taken to a local hospital with minor injuries.
Deputy Short was also taken to a hospital for minor injuries.

The investigation revealed Reed was driving on a revoked license. He was arrested on a felony charge of driving while license revoked after being released from the hospital and was taken to the Pinellas County Jail without incident.

The sheriff’s office said speed appears to be a factor in the crash.

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