Aggravated Battery on a Police Officer

Michael L. Haworth, Chief of Police
Pinellas Park Police Department
7700 59th Street N.
Pinellas Park, Florida 33781

Contact: Sergeant John Shea
Special Operations

Title: Aggravated Battery on a Law Enforcement Officer
Case Number: 2019-95658
When: December 18, 2019
Where: 118th Ave at US Highway 19 N

On 12/17/2019 at approximately 11:00am, officers were monitoring traffic in the construction zone along 118th Ave as part of our "Hands free" enforcement and education campaign. While observing traffic, one of our officers observed a motorcycle travel west on 118th Ave from 49th St N. at a high rate of speed.

At the red light for westbound 118th Ave and US Highway 19 N, our officer exited his vehicle in an attempt to stop the motorcycle. The motorcyclist initially complied with the direction of the officer to turn off the motorcycle and move to the side of the roadway. While moving the motorcycle, the subject started the motorcycle and accelerated toward our officer, almost striking him. The officer reacted by grabbing the subject and attempted to remove him from the motorcycle. These attempts were defeated as the motorcyclist accelerated rapidly causing our officer to be struck and dragged across several lanes of 118th Ave. The motorcycle driver failed to stop after injuring our officer and was last observed traveling south on US Highway 19 N Frontage Rd from Bryan Dairy/118th Ave N.

Our officer was injured as a result of this incident and was transported to a local hospital with injuries to his upper body. The officer has since been released and is resting at home.

The motorcycle is described as a black sport bike with a stretched swing arm. The rider was a white male wearing a black jacket, black helmet and khaki pants.

If anyone has any knowledge if this incident, please contact the Pinellas Park Police Department at 727-369-7864. Those wishing to remain anonymous may contact Crime Stoppers of Pinellas County at 800-873-TIPS (8477) and may be eligible for a cash reward.

Video: https://link.zixcentral.com/u/fd1743be/0NEQTTkh6hGVgZ8vC2wmKA?u=http%3A%2F%2Fbit.ly%2F2sz171N

The investigation is still active.

Released by: Sergeant John Shea

Photo available at https://link.zixcentral.com/u/a9d3740f/Jg0RTTkh6hGVgZ8vC2wmKA?u=https%3A%2F%2Fwww.media-alert.com%2Flistings%2FPerson.aspx%3Fid%3D92000

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For more information contact:
Pinellas Park Police Department
Public Information Office


Captain Adam Geissenberger
ageissenberger@pinellas-park.com
727-214-7921-Cell 


Sergeant Mike Lynch
mlynch@pinellas-park.com
727-214-7822 cell