St. Petersburg man who led police on I-275 chase pleads guilty to cocaine possession

TAMPA — The man who led Tampa police on a high-speed chase south on Interstate 275 in January pleaded guilty to cocaine and gun possession in federal court Thursday.

Aaron Cainion, 31, was finally stopped in St. Petersburg after he had hit a police car and a minivan during the 100 mph chase across the Howard Frankland Bridge, according to the U.S. attorney's office.

Officers found 800 grams of cocaine, $3,024 and a loaded Smith & Wesson 9mm pistol, prosecutors said.

Cainion, of St. Petersburg, was charged with possessing cocaine with the intent to distribute it, possessing a firearm in furtherance of a drug trafficking crime and possessing a firearm and ammunition after having been convicted of a felony.

He faces a maximum of life in prison. Sentencing is scheduled for Sept. 28.

St. Petersburg man who led police on I-275 chase pleads guilty to cocaine possession 06/24/10 [Last modified: Monday, June 28, 2010 3:32pm]

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