Sunday, January 21, 2018
Public safety

Clearwater man faces numerous charges after capture on Oldsmar bridge

OLDSMAR — Early Friday Pinellas County sheriff's deputies arrested a Clearwater man wanted in connection with an armed home invasion in September, and his capture resulted in a number of other charges.

The Pinellas County Violent Crimes Task Force received a tip that Andre L. Miles, 25, of 903 Engman St. was seen driving a pickup truck in the vicinity of Shore Drive and State Road 580 in Oldsmar on Thursday night.

Miles was being sought not only in connection with the armed home invasion on Union Street in Clearwater, but Hillsborough County had issued a warrant for his arrest for violation of probation fleeing and eluding, according to the Sheriff's Office.

Deputies spotted Miles driving west on State Road 580 in Oldsmar around 1 a.m. Friday. They planted "stop sticks" on the SR 580 bridge, which punctured the truck's passenger side tire.

The Sheriff's Office said Miles reversed the truck into a deputy's cruiser, but two other cruisers blocked his escape and deputies rushed to remove him from the truck.

During the struggle, a .45-caliber Colt handgun, hammer cocked, slid from his waistband onto the driver's seat, deputies said.

The gun, deputies later determined, had been stolen during an August burglary on Pinehurst Drive in Clearwater.

Miles was charged with armed home invasion robbery for the September offense, and also was charged with grand theft, carrying a concealed weapon, aggravated fleeing and eluding, driving with a suspended or revoked license, resisting an officer without violence, possession of marijuana and felon in possession of a firearm, according to reports.

On Friday, Miles remained in the Pinellas County jail with bail set at $132,300.

Danielle Paquette can be reached at [email protected] or (727) 445-4224.

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