Suspect in prowling flees Pinellas deputies, crashes in Clearwater

CLEARWATER — A Seminole man accused of tapping on the window of a residence where a former girlfriend was staying early Wednesday led Pinellas County deputies on a car chase that ended in a crash at a roundabout near N Martin Luther King Jr. Avenue and Palmetto Street.

Anthony Michael Hodson, 22, of 13296 84th Ter. N, Seminole, was arrested on charges of reckless driving, two counts of fleeing and eluding, felony habitual traffic violation, loitering and prowling, plus resisting arrest without violence. He was taken by ambulance to Morton Plant Hospital for treatment of injuries that were not thought to be life-threatening.

According to authorities, deputies responded to a 911 call about 1:30 a.m. from Jessica Ackley, 22, in which she said Hodson had been prowling around and tapping on windows. Deputies said Hodson fled "in a reckless manner" at high speed in a convertible 1987 Chevrolet Corvette when they arrived.

One deputy tried to stop Hodson, but he fled through the neighborhood, past Mease Dunedin Hospital and the Sheriff's Office North District Station at 737 Louden Ave. in Dunedin, where a deputy began a pursuit after the Stop Sticks he put in the street to puncture Hodson's tires failed.

The chase continued to Clearwater, where Hodson crashed into an oak tree after losing control in the roundabout, authorities said.

Suspect in prowling flees Pinellas deputies, crashes in Clearwater 10/07/09 [Last modified: Wednesday, October 7, 2009 11:07pm]

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