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Deputies: Burglary suspects land in Brandon pond after chase

Michael Anthony Bridgeman, 22, was arrested Monday night after crashing into a pond following a high speed chase. Deputies said Bridgeman and two teenagers burglarized a nearby home.

Hillsborough County Sheriff’s Office

Michael Anthony Bridgeman, 22, was arrested Monday night after crashing into a pond following a high speed chase. Deputies said Bridgeman and two teenagers burglarized a nearby home.

BRANDON — A high-speed chase involving suspects in a burglary Monday night reached speeds of up to 100 mph before the suspects' car crashed into a pond, authorities said.

Michael Anthony Bridgeman, 22, and two juveniles broke into a home on Libby Loop, south of Causeway Boulevard, just before midnight by prying open a back sliding glass door. The group loaded a big-screen TV into a 2003 Toyota and drove off, according to an arrest affidavit.

Deputies spotted the Toyota soon after and followed, but Bridgeman kept driving, reaching speeds of more than 100 mph, the affidavit states.

Then Bridgeman crashed into a pond at Gornto Lake Road and Providence Lakes Boulevard, deputies said. He and his two 16-year-old passengers, Quanell Leonard Black and Dontavius Raga Wade, were arrested.

Bridgeman faces charges of burglary, grand theft driving without a license and fleeing to elude an arrest. He was taken to the Hillsborough County Jail, where he remained in lieu of $19,750 bail.

Black and Wade were charged with burglary, grand theft and criminal mischief and taken to the Juvenile Assessment Center.

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Deputies: Burglary suspects land in Brandon pond after chase 04/13/10 [Last modified: Tuesday, April 13, 2010 11:13am]
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