CLEARWATER — A 26-year-old Lakeland man suspected of driving a stolen vehicle rammed three police cruisers after police tried to pull him over late Wednesday, police said.
A Clearwater police officer was randomly running computer checks on vehicle tags about 11:30 p.m., police said. A 2007 Hyundai came up as stolen out of Lakeland, police said.
Shortly after that result came back, the vehicle stopped at a red light at Drew Street and McMullen-Booth Road and police tried to pull it over. Police said Justin Dale Nance drove away, ramming three police vehicles, police said. He was taken into custody after the Hyundai became disabled, police said.
No one was injured.
Nance, of 2717 Doyle Circle, had a loaded .22-caliber Beretta semiautomatic pistol in his pocket and threw it under the car before he was arrested, police said.
Police said they also found prescription pills and two clear glass pipes used for smoking drugs.
Nance, who also goes by the alias Casey James Nance, faces a charge of grand theft auto, aggravated battery with a motor vehicle, use of a motor vehicle in commission of a felony, possession of a firearm by a convicted felon, driving with a suspended license, possession of a controlled substance without a prescription and possession of drug paraphernalia.
On Thursday afternoon, Nance was being held in the Pinellas County Jail under the name Casey James Nance in lieu of $44,400 bail. Casey Nance is an alias, according to the Florida Department of Law Enforcement.
Nance was sentenced to 16 months in prison after he was convicted in June 2009 in Polk County of felony driving on a suspended or revoked license and felon in possession of a firearm, according to the Florida Department of Corrections.