On Sunday, November 18, Gulfport Police Officer Pete Horning was en route to a vehicle burglary in progress when an 86-year-old driver pulled out in front of him on 49th Street at Queensboro.
The officer and the 86-year-old St. Petersburg resident were both fine. The damage to the officer’s car “ran into the thousands,” according to Lieutenant Josh Stone.
Florida Highway Patrol, not Gulfport police, conducted the crash investigation because it involved a city police car and emergency personnel suspected the officer had injuries.
“At the time we believed there was possible injuries, because Pete hit his head on one of the pillars in the car,” Lieutenant Stone said.
Florida Highway Patrol issued the civilian a citation for “failure to yield.” Lieutenant Stone could not say whether the driver received any other tickets as the Florida Highway Patrol had not yet released the entire report. Gulfport Officer Horning was not found at fault.