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Cruisers, mobile homes hit in Pinellas Park chase

PINELLAS PARK — A 23-year-old Largo man rammed two police cars and attempted to hit a third after he fled a traffic stop early Saturday morning, the Pinellas County Sheriff's Office said.

The ensuing chase ended, authorities say, when Antrez D. Walker of 1671 Trotter Road crashed into two mobile homes at Colonial Mobile Home Park at 2000 Eastbay Drive. No one was injured.

Deputies say they first tried to stop Walker at 118th Avenue and 66th Street in Pinellas Park about 2:10 a.m. after they saw his Ford sport utility vehicle driving erratically. As a deputy got out of his cruiser, a police report said, Walker sped away.

During a pursuit, deputies said, Walker rammed two cruisers and barely missed a third. Deputies then called off the ground pursuit, but a sheriff's helicopter spotted the SUV shortly before it crashed into the mobile homes.

Four passengers got out and dropped to the ground, the report said, but Walker ran. After a short foot chase, deputies captured him using a Taser.

He was charged with three counts of aggravated assault with a motor vehicle, fleeing and eluding, felony driving on a revoked or suspended driver's license, two counts of resisting arrest with violence and possession of controlled substances.

He is being held at the Pinellas County Jail in lieu of $106,000 bail. Walker also had a warrant for aggravated battery at the time of the chase.

Cruisers, mobile homes hit in Pinellas Park chase 07/05/08 [Last modified: Monday, July 7, 2008 5:49pm]
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