Texting While Driving Lands S. Pasadena Man in Water

A sampling of police reports from September 9 to September 27 in Gulfport, South Pasadena, St. Pete Beach and St. Petersburg.

Sources: Pinellas County Crime Viewer, the Gulfport City Manager’s report, the Gulfport Police Department, the Pinellas County Sheriff’s Office

Texting While Driving Lands S. Pasadena Man in Water

At 4:30 a.m. on Saturday, September 24, at Marine Max Marina, 6810 Gulfport Blvd. S, a 2003 bronze Jeep Liberty went into the water and was later found underwater with a broken rear window and no occupants inside.

According to Pinellas County Sheriff’s deputies, at about 7 a.m. marine deputies were dispatched to the location and found the vehicle about eight feet underwater in Boca Ciega Bay. An oil-like substance was on top of the water where the vehicle was submerged. Deputies also found skid marks at the edge of the seawall and a broken electronic box.

A dive team found no one inside the vehicle and also discovered the driver’s window and back hatch window were opened.

The mystery was solved when deputies made contact with the vehicle owner’s son, 21-year-old David Avery Hughes. Deputies say Hughes admitted he was texting while driving home. Hughes says he realized he missed his turn into his condo complex and instead turned into the marina and crashed into the water. After the crash, Hughes told deputies he walked home. Property damage was estimated to be $2,000. Charges and citations Hughes was issued include texting while driving, careless driving and leaving the scene of a crash involving property damage, all of which are misdemeanors.

The vehicle has been removed from the water.


9/9 – Azalea Drakeford was observed by Family Dollar employees stuffing merchandise into her waistband. She paid for a soda and walked out, and was arrested for retail theft and felony warrants for possession of cocaine and failure to appear.

9/10 – Officers were dispatched to a report of an altercation in the 5700 block of Shore Boulevard. Two people were arguing about the private sale of a boat. The potential buyer drove from Pensacola to pick up the vessel but when he saw it he did not like the condition. The officers mediated the situation and the seller returned the buyer’s deposit.

9/12 – A resident in the 5900 block of Shore Boulevard reported that a new tenant who had moved in two weeks prior paid her with fraudulent checks from fake accounts.

9/13 – A woman reported on that someone stole her unattended purse while she was at the beach playing Pokémon Go.

9/14 – Officers were dispatched to the 5500 block of Shore Boulevard after a caller reported that a driver hit the bench in front of the Casino and then parked the car. The driver later identified as Derek Hoffman got out of the car and walked a short distance. The witness directed officers to Hoffman who appeared very intoxicated. After a DUI investigation, Hoffman was arrested. His breath alcohol content was .337/.356, nearly four times the legal limit.


9/22, 10:00 p.m., 900 block of 58th Street S

Burglary – residence

9/19, 8:30 a.m., 2300 block of 59th Street S

Robbery – unarmed

9/23, 12:35 p.m., 5700 block of Gulfport Blvd. S

Theft – grand

9/20, 1:05 p.m., 1400 block of 61st Street S

Theft – petit

9/20, 5:20 p.m., 5500 block of 28th Ave. S

Theft – vehicle

9/24, 12:00 a.m., 2400 block of 49th Street S

9/22, 12:50 p.m., 5700 block of Gulfport Blvd. S

Vandalism – criminal mischief

9/21, 10:00 p.m., 4900 block of Gulfport Blvd. S


South Pasadena


9/23, 1:26 a.m., 7000 block of Grevilla Ave. S

Theft – grand

9/21, 6:20 p.m., 900 block of Pasadena Ave. S

Vandalism – criminal mischief

9/22, 8:00 p.m., 1800 block of Shore Drive S

9/23, 11:00 a.m., 900 block of Pasadena Ave. S

St. Pete Beach


9/22, 9:05 p.m., 6200 block of Gulf Boulevard

9/23, 12:05 a.m., 4400 block of Gulf Boulevard

Missing person

9/22, 10:12 a.m., 4600 block of Gulf Boulevard

Vandalism – criminal mischief

9/22, 12:00 p.m., 100 block of Mar Street

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