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Hillsborough deputies seek driver they say rammed cruisers with stolen car

TAMPA — A man crashed a stolen car into two law enforcement cruisers in a convenience store parking lot Thursday and fled, according to the Hillsborough County Sheriff's Office.

Another was arrested after fighting a deputy then running, the agency said.

Deputies noticed two men in a stolen car pull into the Farm Stores Express at 2202 E 131st Ave. about 3 p.m.

Two deputies pulled in and boxed in the car. The deputies approached the car and ordered the passenger to get out and the driver to show his hands, the Sheriff's Office said.

The passenger — Khalil Ali, 20, of Tampa — starting fighting Deputy Brian Dawsy, who used a Taser. Ali pulled the prongs of the Taser out of his body and ran off, the Sheriff's Office said, while the other man drove away, crashing into the deputies' cruisers.

The deputies chased Ali over two fences, authorities said, and saw him toss a bag of marijuana away before they arrested him. He faces charges of resisting arrest with violence, battery on a law enforcement officer and possession with intent to deliver.

Deputies were still looking for the driver of the late 1990s champagne-color, four-door Mercury. The car has plastic sheeting on the driver's side window, a broken passenger headlight and is missing the front passenger hubcap, the Sheriff's Office said.

Anyone with information can call the agency at (813) 247-8200.

Hillsborough deputies seek driver they say rammed cruisers with stolen car 01/09/14 [Last modified: Thursday, January 9, 2014 10:59pm]
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