Pinellas Sheriff’s Office Gawked After Deputy Knocks Down Bather
ST. PETE BEACH, Florida. – The Pinellas County Sheriff’s Office is not responding to questions about how a beachgoer was run over by one of his deputies who was driving an SUV on St. Pete Beach on Wednesday afternoon.
The deputy knocked the 23-year-old woman who was allegedly lying on her back on the sand.
It happened just after 1 p.m. behind 4450 Gulf Boulevard. The sheriff’s office said the 58-year-old deputy was driving a fully branded Chevrolet Tahoe when it happened.
The deputy was parked and talking with pedestrians when he was sent to the location of a 911 which hung up.
The scene in St. Pete Beach after a Pinellas County deputy knocked down a woman on St. Pete Beach. The image was provided by viewer FOX 13 who wished to remain anonymous.
The deputy turned right from where he was parked and that’s when he knocked over the sun lounger.
According to investigators, the driver’s side front tire of the Tahoe rolled down the woman’s right side and middle and upper back. She was taken to hospital with non-life-threatening injuries and did not feel in the mood to speak to reporters on Thursday.
A passerby, who wished to remain anonymous, took photos of a deputy standing over the woman as firefighters rescued the victim. The pink facade of the Don Cesar Hotel was visible in the background.
Scene image from a FOX 13 viewer, who wished to remain anonymous, showing first responders tending to a woman after a Pinellas deputy knocked her down at St. Pete Beach.
On Thursday, beachgoers reported seeing Sheriff’s Office SUVs routinely patrolling Pinellas County beaches.
The Pinellas County Sheriff’s Office did not respond to questions from FOX 13 about whether it would review policies regarding driving full-size SUVs on the sand.
The Sheriff’s Office also uses smaller ATVs on the beaches.
They declined an interview on Thursday, citing the active and ongoing investigation by its major accident investigation team.