Vehicle flips, crashes into cars PINELLAS PARK – A 42-year-old St. Petersburg man, who police say was clocked driving 122 mph on U.S. 19, was injured Sept. 24 when he lost control of his car. The vehicle flipped over several times into the opposite lane and crashed into five parked cars before coming to rest.
Sean M. Lamparski was treated for various injuries at Northside Hospital.
His 1989 Jaguar was totaled.
His passenger, Lynzee Marie Callaghan, 17, also of St. Petersburg, is in the trauma unit of Bayfront Medical Center in St. Petersburg with various injuries.
She allegedly told police that the pair had been “drinking heavily” before the 10:40 p.m. accident.
Officer Edward Day said he clocked Lamparski at 122 mph on U.S. 19 near 118th Avenue where the suspect ran a red light.
Lamparski, police said, ran another red light at 100th Avenue. Lamparski lost control of his car while passing several stopped vehicles. It skidded 161 feet before the left rear tire blew, sending the car flipping numerous times across the highway and into the opposite lane.
Police said the car landed in a ditch and kept moving until crashing into five parked cars. The vehicle came to rest on its side after traveling a total of 1,017 feet.
Police said Lamparski freed himself of the wreckage and ran away, leaving his passenger behind. He was caught nearby by a police K-9 unit.
Police said charges are pending.
Woman robbed, carjacked in her own driveway PINELLAS PARK – A lone gunman on Sept. 21 robbed a 32-year-old woman in the driveway of her home before escaping in her car.
Metachith Ferrer was not injured, but she lost about $12 in cash and several credit cards.
Officer John Coleman said the victim arrived home about 2 a.m. from visiting a friend in Tampa. The assailant put a silver revolver to Ferrer’s head and demanded her purse. He ordered her to get out of the 2004 Nissan, got in and drove off.
Police said a 1980s brown sedan that was parked nearby followed the stolen vehicle.
Good Samaritan’s car stolen and wrecked PINELLAS PARK – A good Samaritan who stopped to help a couple on Sept. 23 lost her car that was found wrecked a few blocks from a hit-and-run accident.
Officer Shaun M. Grantham said Valerie S. Bogue, 47, of St. Petersburg was driving in that city at about midnight when she stopped to offer a couple a ride home.
Police said Bogue was unable to understand the directions so she allowed the man to drive, but became nervous when he went into an area known for drug sales.
Police said she left her car and walked to a nearby store.
The suspects, meanwhile, drove to U.S. 19. Pinellas Park police spotted the car being driven without headlights. The suspect fled when he saw the officer who ended the chase long before the speeding vehicle slammed into the rear of a car at U.S. 19 and Park Boulevard.
Slightly injured in that wreck was Keith A. Orzechowski, 35, of St. Petersburg.
Police said the suspect drove the damaged vehicle to the 2800 block of 58th Avenue, where it was abandoned. A vial of crack cocaine and drug paraphernalia allegedly was discovered in the car.
The thief is described as a black male in his mid 20s with gold teeth. His female companion was white, thin with brown hair.
The victim told police she stopped to help the pair “because it was the right thing to do.”
Couple gets funny money for comic book collection PINELLAS PARK – A man and his wife who tried to cash three $950 phony money orders on Sept. 22 later realized that they’d been victimized by Internet scammers.
Officer Robert Cook said Kevin A. Test, 31, of St. Petersburg and his wife, Kelly, attempted to cash the fake U.S. Postal Service money orders at AMSCOT check cashing service, 4290 Park Blvd.
A teller refused to cash them and called police.
The couple said the money orders were received as payment for 60 lots of comic books that were sold on eBay.
The books were to be shipped to an address in London, England. Police said the money orders were delivered with instructions to send overages to a specified address. It also instructed Test to cash the money orders “within 45 minutes” after he received them.
No charges were filed against the Tests.
Police still seek death van PINELLAS PARK – Police are still searching for a white over gold or beige late model Toyota Sienna mini van in connection with an Aug. 5 hit and run death on 66th Street near Park Boulevard.
The driver is described as a heavy white female with blonde hair in her late 30s or early 40s. A passenger also was a blonde in his late teens or early 20s.
People with information should call police at 541-0758 or Crime Stoppers at 1-800-873-TIPS.
Woman accused of animal abuse PINELLAS PARK – A 41-year-old city woman is expected to be charged with animal abuse after allegedly leaving her dog alone for three days.
According to police, the woman said a friend was to take care of the mixed-breed dog while she attended her brother’s funeral and moved to another location.
Police and an animal control officer found the dog in the woman’s trailer. It apparently had not been taken out or fed in about three days.
Car reported stolen PINELLAS PARK – A city man on Sept. 23 reported that his car was stolen from the driveway of his home sometime during the early morning hours.
Larry Williams of 63rd Way told police that the 2000 Ford pickup was taken from the driveway. It is described as white, green and teal.