Deputy Todd Brien’s marked Chevrolet Tahoe SUV was parked as he spoke to pedestrians on the beach before being dispatched to investigate a 911 hang-up call at a different location, the sheriff’s office said.
Brian “made a right turn” as he took off and drove over a 23-year-old woman “while she was lying on her back in the sand,” the sheriff’s office said. She was identified as Robin Diffenderfer.
“The front driver side tire of the Tahoe drove over Diffenderfer’s right side and mid to upper back area,” the sheriff’s office said. She sustained “non-life threatening injuries” and was transported to the hospital. Further information about her condition wasn’t released.
Brian has worked for the Pinellas County Sheriff’s Office for nearly a decade. An investigation is ongoing.