CLEARWATER FL March 10 2017 — The Pinellas County Sheriff's Office on Wednesday cited one of its private security officers for careless driving following a two-vehicle crash involving a sheriff's vehicle this past weekend.
Investigators cited Jesus Ortiz, 31, who must now pay a $166 fine. Ortiz, who works for the security firm G4S, was driving an unoccupied prisoner transport van Sunday when deputies said he turned in front of another car at a red light.
According to deputies, Ortiz was in the northbound turn lane and attempting a left turn onto Sunset Point Road around 8:40 p.m. when he drove his 2009 Chevrolet van into the path of a southbound 2017 Kia Sportage driven by Laura Chase, 49, of Oldsmar.
Chase had a green light and was driving in the curb lane when deputies said she struck the passenger side of Ortiz's van. Chase and two passengers — Stan Chase, 53, and Kailey Glore, 12 — were taken to a hospital for treatment of non-life threatening injuries, deputies said.
A third passenger, Ryan Jenkins, 30, of Seminole, was not injured. Ortiz was also hospitalized with non-life threatening injuries. Impairment and speed were not factors in the crash, deputies said.
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