DUI suspect hits 2 teachers, injures both critically

PINELLAS PARK, Fla. (WFLA) — Police say a man was drunk when he ran a red light and crashed into another car, leaving two local teachers in critical condition early Sunday morning.

Brice Albert Macleod, of St. Petersburg, was charged with two counts of driving under the influence with serious injuries.

Pinellas Park police responded to a crash around 12:50 a.m. in the 4000 block of Park Boulevard. Macleod, of St. Petersburg, ran a red light while driving a blue 2016 Toyota Corolla. He struck a vehicle driven by Caroline Sine, a music teacher at John M. Sexton Elementary School in St. Petersburg, according to the Pinellas Park Police Department.

Sine, 34, and her passenger, Sean Hankins, 36, are hospitalized in critical condition at Bayfront Health in St. Petersburg. A Hillsborough County Schools spokesperson said that Hankins is a music teacher who teaches kids at Miles Elementary and Shaw Elementary. Both schools are in Tampa.

“Macleod showed signs of impairment and a DUI,” police said.

Macleod went before a judge Monday afternoon for first appearance. He is currently being held in the Pinellas County Jail on $50,000 bond.  Prosecutors said Caroline Sine was unresponsive at the scene and remains on life support. Passenger Sean Hankins’s back was broken during the accident and he remains in critical.

Macleod’s attorney, Jim Jenkins, said his client is remorseful and sorry to hear what happened.

Court documents obtained by News Channel 8 say Macleod pleaded guilty to DUI in 2006 in Manatee County.

News Channel 8 talked with John M. Sexton Elementary Principal Suzette Burns.

“My secretary and several teachers went down earlier today and right now, you know it’s, there are a lot of prayers that need to go out. She is in very critical condition; so we’re actually going to have a prayer group tomorrow in front of our flagpole like we do at times,” Burns said. “She’s one of those teachers who jumps in. She always comes to help out with our programs and has always been very willing to put forth her best for the kids.”

A fundraising page has been established for Sine.

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