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Report# 2009-17231

Officer Suffers Minor Injuries in Crash with Impaired Driver

On Thursday, June 18, 2009, at 10:55 pm, an impaired driver struck a marked canine unit stopped at a red light. Canine Officer Dave Janovich, and his partner Bronson, were stopped on southbound 49th Street North with other traffic for a red light at Lake Boulevard. A 2001 Mercury Grand Marquis driven by Michael Holtzman, 48, of Pinellas Park, also southbound, drove into the rear of Officer Janovich's cruiser. Officer Janovich's car, a 2004 Ford Crown Victoria, was knocked forward approximately 70 feet.

Officer Janovich, 37, was able to radio in to police dispatchers and check on his dog and Mr. Holtzman, who was not injured. Officer Janovich was taken to a local hospital for possible back and neck injuries. He was subsequently treated and released. Canine Bronson was transported to a local emergency veterinarian clinic for treatment and was also released after x-rays showed no broken bones.

Witnesses explained to crash investigators that Mr. Holtzman appeared to be driving at a high rate of speed and did not appear to slow down prior to impact. Investigators determined that Mr. Holtzman was impaired and conducted a DUI investigation which led to his arrest. Mr. Holtzman gave breath samples to determine his blood alcohol content, which was determined to be .243 and .246.

Mr. Holtzman was delivered to the Pinellas County Jail and booked for one count of DUI – Crash with Personal Injury. His bond was set at $500.00. The estimated damage to both cars is $11,000.00.

Released by Lieutenant Paul J. Andrews