Officer Involved in Car Crash
Rescue personnel had to use the Jaws of Life to free Sergeant Robert Nassief from his patrol car.
WHEN: 09/04/11, 3:30 a.m.
WHERE: Hanna Avenue East and 39th Street, Tampa
OFFICER: Sgt. Robert Nassief, 29-year-veteran
DRIVER: Desmond Smith, B/M, 08/19/86, 4309 Mariners Cove Ct., #104, Tampa
CHARGES: Aggravated Fleeing or eluding, driving with a suspended license and he will receive a citation for running the stop sign.
PASSENGER: Carlos Johnson, B/M, 4/21/85, 1103 West Arch Street, Tampa
PASSENGER: Devon Johnson, B/M, 11/5/83, 12621 Gragston Circle, #621, Tampa
DETAILS: A patrol officer attempted a traffic stop at Hillsborough Avenue and 43rd Street on the silver Ford Expedition. T he vehicle slowed down as if it was going to stop, but abruptly made a U-turn, fleeing from the officer at a high rate of speed. The officer deactivated his emergency lights and radioed the vehicle description. Sgt. Robert Nassief was traveling East on Hanna searching for the vehicle, when the vehicle traveling South on 39th Street ran the stop sign at a high rate of speed. St. Nassief's vehicle T-boned the suspect's vehicle. The suspect's vehicle flipped and Sgt. Nassief slid into a parked vehicle. Tampa Fire Rescue arrived on scene and used the Jaws of Life to remove the Sgt. from the vehicle. He was transported to Tampa General Hospital where he is stable, but serious. The suspect and the two passengers were also transported to Tampa General Hospital with non life threatening injuries. The driver will be charged when he is released from the hospital.
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