Gunman in hot pink car leads deputies on Tampa chase

TAMPA — It wasn't Barbie in the hot pink car that led deputies on a high-speed chase through Tampa early Friday.

It was Anthony Phillips, 32, waving a gun out of the car window and threatening passersby, officials said.

Phillips, who lives in Wesley Chapel, was arrested after fleeing from law enforcement, crashing into a pole, hitting two other cars, sending a man to the hospital and attempting to hide from deputies in the ceiling of an apartment, the Sheriff's Office reported.

He was booked into the Hillsborough County Jail on 10 charges, including aggravated assault with a deadly weapon, aggravated fleeing to elude, leaving the scene of a crash with injury, leaving the scene of a crash with property damage, resisting arrest, being a felon in possession of a firearm and driving with an invalid license.

Witnesses called 911 just before 8:45 a.m. and reported a man driving recklessly in a bright pink 2003 Toyota Camry while waving a gun, officials said.

Deputies said they attempted to stop Phillips in the area of 139th Avenue and 15th Street, but he sped away.

He ran a stop sign while trying to turn onto 30th Street, deputies said, and that's when he collided with a 2005 Jeep Cherokee and a Boyte Plumbing van.

The Jeep spun out and the van toppled onto its side. The van's driver, who was not immediately identified, was taken to St. Joseph's Hospital with non-life threatening injuries.

Phillips also hit a pole along the way, deputies said.

The pink car eventually came to a stop in the area of Annie and Ninth streets, where Phillips got out and ran, deputies said.

An aerial unit spotted him as he darted into an apartment at 9603 N 10th St., deputies said.

When deputies arrived, they looked through a window and saw Phillips fall through a ceiling.

Deputies kicked in the door and arrested him. A gun was recovered at the scene.

An investigation is underway.

Phillips has been arrested several times in Hillsborough County since the late 1990s on charges that include carjacking, cocaine possession and delivery, driving without a license and robbery, according to jail records.

Contact Marissa Lang at mlang@sptimes.com or (813) 226-3386.

Gunman in hot pink car leads deputies on Tampa chase 12/16/11 [Last modified: Friday, December 16, 2011 9:48pm]

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