Pinellas County Sheriff’s deputies are looking for the man in this photo. They believe he jumped off the Belleair Causeway Bridge Tuesday night during a routine traffic stop.
BELLEAIR BEACH – Pinellas County Sheriff’s deputies have identified the suspect from last night’s traffic stop. The attached surveillance footage was taken from a nearby convenience store just prior to the traffic stop.
Deputies are looking for the suspect because he jumped off the Belleair Beach Causeway Bridge Tuesday night during a routine traffic stop.
Anyone with information as to the suspect’s location is asked to call Deputy Jacoby at the Pinellas County Sheriff’s Office at 727-582-6200. Or, to remain anonymous and be eligible for a reward, contact Crime Stoppers at 1-800-873-TIPS or www.crimestoppersofpinellas.org.
According to the sheriff’s report, deputies stopped a 2005 Dark Blue Dodge Durango about 9:30 p.m. Sept. 24. The driver then exited the vehicle and jumped over the bridge’s railing.
The sheriff’s patrol units, flight section and Marine Unit actively searched for the suspect through the night, assisted by the U.S. Coast Guard and Florida Fish and Wildlife. The driver, described as a white male about 34 years old wearing blue jeans and a dark-colored T-shirt with possibly a tattoo at the base of his neck, was not found.
Deputies said the vehicle was stopped because it was speeding. The deputy making the stop asked the driver for identification and vehicle registration. While the deputy was checking the documents, the driver left the vehicle, ran to the bridge railing and jumped.
Deputies have developed various leads to the suspect’s whereabouts and are actively following up on them. They released the photo Wednesday afternoon just after 5 p.m.