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Boxed in driver jailed after smashing his way out and fleeing, deputies say

PROGRESS VILLAGE — One man managed to rack up more than 10 charges in less than an hour when he tried to get away from a traffic stop by ramming sheriff's squad cars, deputies say.

According to the Hillsborough County Sheriff's office report:

Temoi K. Ford, 1216 Julian Lane, was spotted riding through the Riverview apartment complex where his child's mother lives after 9:50 a.m., in violation of his aggravated stalking probation and a domestic violence injunction.

When a deputy spotted Ford's Chrysler van, she stopped him and called for back up.

Boxed in, Ford rammed the patrol car behind his van, then the one in front trying to break free.

Deputy Crystal McClelland, who originally stopped Ford, was already out of her car trying to arrest him when he began ramming the other cars, and deputies say he tried to run her over with the van but she managed to jump out of the way.

He hit the back of McClelland's car and drove away, weaving in and out of traffic, continuing to ram patrol cars and ignoring stop signs along the way, they said.

Ford was finally stopped at Falkenburg Road and Progress Village Boulevard. Deputies say they found marijuana in the car during the search.

He has been charged with attempted felony murder, six counts of aggravated battery on a law enforcement officer with motor vehicle, driving while his license is suspended, aggravated stalking, aggravated fleeing and eluding, criminal mischief, possession of marijuana, resisting arrest with violence, violation of a domestic violence injunction, reckless driving and violation of probation.

Ford is being held at the Orient Road jail without bail.

Boxed in driver jailed after smashing his way out and fleeing, deputies say 08/25/09 [Last modified: Tuesday, August 25, 2009 10:26pm]
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