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Man who drove through MacDill gate hospitalized

TAMPA — The man who drove through a gate at MacDill Air Force Base on Friday night on the eve of the Tampa Bay AirFest 2014 is hospitalized and will not be formerly booked until he is released, Tampa police said Saturday.

The man is identified as Steven Coggins, 29, police said. No information about his injuries has been released.

Coggins entered through the main MacDill gate on S Dale Mabry Highway about 9:40 p.m., then turned around and tried to exit the base, MacDill spokesman Terry Montrose said.

Coggins then got out of his car and took off on foot, the base said. He was caught a short time later by Tampa police officers using a dog, police said.

The base was on lockdown for about 45 minutes during the search, but the incident did not affect Saturday's AirFest.

No other details have been released.

Coggins was released from a Florida prison on Jan. 4, 2012, after serving 35 months for charges that included lewd and lascivious sexual battery with a victim 12 to 15 years old and auto theft, according to online prison records. The charges originated in Leon County, and Coggins' address is listed as being on Cogginswood Road in Tallahassee.

Man who drove through MacDill gate hospitalized 03/22/14 [Last modified: Saturday, March 22, 2014 9:33pm]
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