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Hillsborough deputies: Lutz man causes multiple crashes after fleeing Tampa traffic stop

TAMPA — A 33-year-old Lutz man fled a routine traffic stop and caused three accidents that sent at least two people to a hospital Monday, according to the Hillsborough County Sheriff's Office.

A deputy pulled over Demilo R. Morrow about 6 p.m. after he was driving down the middle of two lanes of traffic in the northbound lanes of the Veterans Expressway, deputies said.

When the deputy approached the vehicle, he immediately smelled marijuana, according to the Sheriff's Office. As the deputy and Morrow were talking, Morrow took off.

On the Veterans, near Hutchinson Road, Morrow struck another deputy's vehicle, causing about $5,000 in damage. The deputy was not injured.

Morrow then got off the Veterans. Near Cheval and N Dale Mabry Highway, deputies said he sideswiped a BMW, causing minor damage and no injuries.

Deputies stopped the pursuit because they had identified the driver.

But a few minutes later, they said Morrow was involved in a crash on County Line Road at U.S. 41. Morrow had run a red light, prompting the driver of Hyundai to swerve and strike a BMW sports utility vehicle, deputies said.

The two people in the Hyundai, Wiley and Linda Davis, were taken to St. Joseph's Hospital.

It was not immediately clear if the driver of the BMW, Robert Bennett of Lutz, was injured.

Morrow faces charges of aggravated assault on a law enforcement officer, aggravated fleeing and eluding, fleeing with property damage, driving with a suspended license, reckless driving, providing a false name to a law enforcement officer and leaving the scene of a crash with property damage. He had two outstanding warrants.

He was arrested in Pasco County and booked into the Pasco County Jail.

Hillsborough deputies: Lutz man causes multiple crashes after fleeing Tampa traffic stop 05/31/11 [Last modified: Tuesday, May 31, 2011 8:51pm]
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