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Clearwater man rams Pinellas sheriff's cars

LARGO — Pinellas County sheriff's deputies have arrested a 29-year-old Clearwater man who they say rammed two undercover vehicles, struck a private vehicle and fled on foot.

The incident began just before noon Thursday as investigators attempted to make contact with Marlon Durand Cooper in an undercover narcotics investigation, authorities said.

Detectives exited their vehicles at the parking lot of the Belleair Place Apartments, 1704 Clearwater/Largo Road. As they approached Cooper's vehicle, he put the car in drive, rammed the undercover vehicles and left the scene, authorities said.

Deputies turned on their lights and sirens, but Cooper kept going and struck a vehicle parked in the driveway of a private residence located at 1346 Ponce de Leon Blvd.

When Cooper's vehicle came to rest against the home's garage door, he exited the vehicle and fled on foot.

He was arrested a short time later near Ponce de Leon Boulevard and South Frederica Avenue.

Cooper was charged with two-counts aggravated assault on an law enforcement officer, fleeing and eluding, driving with a suspended or revoked license, possession of crack cocaine and marijuana, possession of diazepam, reckless driving causing property damage and leaving scene of crash causing property damage.

He is in the Pinellas County Jail in lieu of $59,550 bail.

An investigation is ongoing.

Clearwater man rams Pinellas sheriff's cars 10/07/10 [Last modified: Thursday, October 7, 2010 7:31pm]

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