Pinellas Park Police arrested 32 year-old Kelly McKeirnan of Clearwater following a vehicle crash that occurred on Tuesday, August 20, 2019.
The crash occurred at approximately 9:40 a.m. near the intersection of 94th Avenue and 49th Street N involving McKeirnan’s vehicle and a Pinellas County School Bus.
Prior to the crash, officers received a report of a reckless vehicle (maroon Chevy Trailblazer) traveling southbound on Frontage Road from US-19 and Bryan Dairy.
McKeirnan reportedly struck a school bus just north of 94th Avenue and fled the scene on 94th Avenue. Officers were able to locate the heavily damaged vehicle at the Shell gas station near 49th Street and 94th Avenue.
McKeirnan was detained by officers arriving to the scene.
No children were on the bus and the bus driver was not injured in the crash.
Neither McKeirnan nor the 6 month-old child were injured in the crash.
According to Pinellas Park Police Department, McKeirnan was traveling with a 6 month-old baby in the car at the time of the crash.
Officer stated that McKeirnan exhibited multiple signs of severe impairment including bloodshot and watery eyes, slurred speech and extremely poor balance. According to the arrest affidavit, McKeirnan provided a breath sample which did not indicate any alcohol involvement. McKeirnan refused to provide a urine sample for analysis.
Officers located two 2 mg Xanax tablets in a 1 mg labeled bottle in the baby’s diaper bag. Also located in the medication bottle was a straw with a white power residue.
McKeirnan was arrested and booked into the Pinellas County Jail and now facing the following charges
- Child Abuse
- Driving Under the Influence
- Leaving the Scene of a Crash Involving Property Damage
- Possession of Paraphernalia
- Possession of a Controlled Substance (alprazolam)