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Deputies: Man rammed patrol car, drove though cemetery to avoid arrest

TAMPA — After he was breaking into vehicles, deputies said an 18-year-old Tampa man tried to flee from deputies by ramming a patrol car and driving through a cemetery.

At about 2 a.m. Wednesday, deputies saw Antwan Lamar Hawkins, of 5909 Santa Fe River Drive, driving a blue Mitsubishi near E Hanna Avenue and N 37th Street North, where cars had been burglarized.

Deputies surrounded Hawkins's car to prevent him from running, but instead he forced his car out of the group, scraping the paint off the side of a patrol car.

He then began driving southbound on 47th Street and through a nearby cemetery, damaging in-ground grave markers before deputies caught up to him.

Deputies found burglary tools and car radios in the back of Hawkins's car, an arrest affidavit states. They said Hawkins admitted to breaking into a silver Infiniti and green Nissan with another man acting as lookout and getaway driver.

Hawkins was taken to the Hillsborough County Jail on charges of aggravated battery on a law enforcement officer, fleeing and attempting to elude arrest, burglary, possessing burglary tools and reckless driving. Bail was set at $30,750.

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