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Deputy involved in crash during traffic stop in Largo

Three lanes of Ulmerton Road were closed for nearly 4 hours following a deputy involved crash on Ulmerton Road in Largo.

The crash occurred at approximately 6:07 p.m. on July 11, 2020 in front of 10289 Ulmerton Road.

According to investigators, Pinellas County Sheriff’s Office Deputy Rill, was on-duty in his fully marked 2020 Chevrolet Tahoe traveling westbound on Ulmerton Road when he observed a 2006 Honda Civic commit several traffic infractions ahead of him in traffic.

Investigators say, Deputy Austin Rill activated his emergency equipment to conduct a traffic stop and the Honda continued accelerating before abruptly stopping. Deputy Rill was unable to stop his Tahoe before striking the rear of the Honda, driven by 45 year-old Keith Thomas.

Thomas advised investigators he was experiencing some minor pain as a results of the crash but refused treatment and transport to a hospital.

Deputy Rill was not injured.

The investigation continues according to a press release from the Pinellas County Sheriff’s Office.

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