Make us your home page

Today’s top headlines delivered to you daily.

(View our Privacy Policy)

Lakeland man accused of ramming Clearwater police vehicles with stolen car

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.

Lakeland man accused of ramming Clearwater police vehicles with stolen car 10/27/11 [Last modified: Thursday, October 27, 2011 3:11pm]
Photo reprints | Article reprints

© 2017 Tampa Bay Times


Join the discussion: Click to view comments, add yours

  1. Man charged with threatening Florida lawmaker on Facebook


    From The Associated Press:

    MIAMI — A Florida man has been charged with threatening to kill a state legislator in a Facebook post. 

    This booking photo released by the Miami-Dade Police Department shows Steve St. Felix, who has been charged with threatening to kill Republican state Rep. Jose Felix Diaz in a Facebook post.
  2. Joe Maddon: What my time in Tampa Bay meant, and still means, to me

    The Heater

    Editor's note: The Rays next week in Chicago will meet up for the first time with former manager Joe Maddon, who is in his third year leading the Cubs after nine with the Rays. In advance of the Tuesday-Wednesday series, we asked Maddon to share his thoughts in a column on what his time in Tampa Bay meant to …

    Joe Maddon waits to greet B.J. Upton after Upton's home run in Game 2 of the ALCS in 2008 at Tropicana Field. [Times files (2008)]
  3. First WannaCry, now cyberattack Petya spreads from Russia to Britain


    Computer systems from Russia to Britain were victims of an international cyberattack Tuesday in a hack that bore similarities to a recent one that crippled tens of thousands of machines worldwide.

    A computer screen cyberattack warning notice reportedly holding computer files to ransom, as part of a massive international cyberattack, at an office in Kiev, Ukraine, on Tuesday.  A new and highly virulent outbreak of malicious data-scrambling software appears to be causing mass disruption across Europe.
[Oleg Reshetnyak via AP]
  4. Pinellas sheriff's corporal had racist, sexist, pornographic content on his cell phone

    Public Safety

    LARGO — A Pinellas County sheriff's corporal resigned recently after an investigation into an alleged extramarital affair revealed a trove of racist, sexist and pornographic images on his personal cell phone.

    Shawn Pappas, 46, resigned as a training division corporal from the Pinellas County Sheriff's Office after an investigation revealed a trove of offensive images and videos on his phone. This photo was taken as a screenshot from one of the videos released by the Sheriff's Office that Pappas filmed while on duty. [Pinellas County Sheriff's Office]
  5. Sen. Angus King, I-Maine reflects on the news from the Congressional Budget Office analysis that could imperil GOP leaders' hopes of pushing their health care the plan through the chamber this week, Tuesday, on Capitol Hill in Washington. [AP photo]