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Hillsborough pursuit ends with arrest of Zephyrhills duo

ZEPHYRHILLS — A car chase that began Wednesday afternoon in Hillsborough County ended with two arrests in Zephyrhills.

Hillsborough deputies attempted to pull over a Ford pickup that was suspected as being stolen, authorities said. The driver of the truck refused to stop and gunned it north toward Pasco. A Hillsborough Sheriff's Office helicopter tracked the truck and Pasco deputies joined the chase.

The suspects — Amy Lynn Norris, 29, and Thomas J. Hembree, 28 — ditched the truck and ran, but were caught, the Pasco County Sheriff's Office said.

Norris and Hembree both live at 4552 Ryals Road in Zephyrhills. Deputies found a methamphetamine lab at their home, as well as a large quantity of possible stolen property: water heaters, air conditioning units, fire extinguishers and other items, said Pasco sheriff's spokesman Kevin Doll. The two may be suspects in more burglaries in Pasco and Hillsborough counties, Doll said. Detectives are investigating.

The truck used in the chase was stolen from Zephyrhills, a report states.

Norris is charged with resisting arrest without violence, possession of controlled substances and two counts of possession of methamphetamine. She remained Thursday at the Land O'Lakes jail in lieu of $12,150 bail.

Hembree is charged with felony driving with a suspended license, two counts of grand theft, burglary of a structure, trespassing on a construction site, possession of methamphetamine, resisting arrest without violence and two counts of dealing in stolen property. He remained Thursday in the Land O'Lakes jail in lieu of $60,150 bail.

Hillsborough pursuit ends with arrest of Zephyrhills duo 11/10/11 [Last modified: Thursday, November 10, 2011 8:36pm]
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