TPD Arrests Suspect in Officer Car Crash
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SUSPECT: Desmond Smith, B/M, 08/19/86, 4309 Mariners Cove Ct., #104, Tampa
CHARGES: 3 counts of DUI with serious injury, 3 counts of reckless driving with serious injury, 2 counts of DUI with property damage and 2 counts of reckless driving
DETAILS: After the 9/04/11 crash, the suspect was originally charged with aggravated fleeing or eluding, driving with a suspended license and he received a citation for running the stop sign. Additional charges were pending the blood analysis and further investigation. FDLE analyzed the suspect’s blood taken four hours after the crash and it was determined that the marijuana in his system exceeded levels of impairment at the time of the crash. A warrant was issued this afternoon and the Tampa Police Fugitive Apprehension unit arrested the suspect at 3 p.m. at 7901 Holly Lee Circle, Tampa. As officers arrived at the home, the suspect attempted to escape out the back door. An officer was waiting at the back door and he was arrested without incident.
Sgt Bob Nassief is still recovering from the crash and has not returned to work. Doctors are unsure when he will be able to return to full duty.
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 a silver Ford Expedition. The 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.