- Associated Press - Saturday, August 29, 2015

ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. (AP) - A Tampa Bay area man is facing a DUI charge after authorities say a deputy rear-ended him at a stop light.

The Pinellas County Sheriff’s Office reports that 24-year-old Yorgo Papagiani was approaching a St. Petersburg intersection Thursday night when he stopped abruptly at a red light. Deputy Brandon Lundy had been following Papagiani’s car and was unable to stop and avoid a crash.

Authorities say Lundy and Papagiani were both hospitalized with injuries that weren’t considered life-threatening. Investigators say Papagiani showed signs of impairment and refused to submit to a blood test while at the hospital.

After his release from the hospital, Papagiani was arrested and charged with driving under the influence, driving with a suspended license, marijuana possession and refusal to submit to blood test.

Papagiani was released Friday on $10,300 bail. Jail records didn’t list an attorney.

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