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Bank robbery suspect faces charges in three counties

BROOKSVILLE — A Citrus County bank robbery suspect remained behind bars on Friday a day after leading authorities on a 35-mile high-speed chase that ended at the Brooksville city limits.

Derick Grissom, 25, faces charges of aggravated fleeing and eluding a police officer and assault with intent to commit a felony in Hernando County. He was also charged with armed robbery in Citrus and fleeing and eluding in Sumter County.

Grissom was being held in the Hernando County jail in lieu of $100,000 bail, and he also faces $50,000 bail in Sumter County. Citrus County has placed a hold on Grissom once he is released from Hernando and has issued a warrant for his arrest.

Authorities accuse Grissom of robbing a Floral City bank at gunpoint of an undisclosed amount of money about 1:30 p.m. Thursday. He then allegedly fled in a Chevy Caprice and eventually headed south on Interstate 75.

Grissom turned onto State Road 50, heading west and speeding through several intersections at up to 110 mph before his car ran over stop sticks at Cortez Boulevard and E Jefferson Street, authorities said. The car continued on its rims and nearly collided head-on with a Brooksville officer before the chase ended on E Jefferson near Emerson Road.

Sex offender missing

BROOKSVILLE — Hernando County detectives are searching for a sex offender who cut off his GPS monitor and left his Spring Hill home earlier this month.

David Driggers, 52, has not been seen or heard from since leaving his last known address on Painters Street. Authorities say Driggers has ties to Spring Hill, Orlando and Jacksonville.

Driggers does not own a vehicle and relies on walking or hitch-hiking. His work history has been sporadic but he occasionally works in carpentry and home improvement, authorities said.

Driggers is about 5 feet 10 and 172 pounds, and is balding with brown-gray hair. He also has a number of tattoos, including one of a tear drop below his left eye and images of eyes, a lightning bolt, skulls, a reaper and the words SWP, White and USA on his left arm.

Anyone with information is asked to call Hernando County Crime Stoppers toll-free at 1-866-990-8477. Authorities are offering a reward of up to $1,000 for information.

Bank robbery suspect faces charges in three counties 06/20/08 [Last modified: Friday, June 20, 2008 7:46pm]
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