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Largo teen's joyride ends in arrest

CLEARWATER — A Largo teen was Tasered and arrested after swiping a buddy's car and taking two teenage girls on a wild ride, Pinellas County sheriff's officials said Friday.

The incident began about 11:15 p.m. Thursday, authorities said, when Steven J. Miles, 17, picked up a girl at her home on Indian Rocks Beach.

A short time later, a deputy saw Miles driving erratically on Gulf Boulevard, officials said. Authorities spotted the red 2000 Ford Escort as Miles drove over the Belleair Causeway. A girl appeared to be waving for help.

Deputies followed Miles until he reached Morton Plant Hospital in Clearwater, where authorities say they spotted the teenage girl yelling "Help me!" and waving her arms out the window.

Miles then drove away from the hospital and into the parking lot of an auto parts store at Turner Street and S Missouri Avenue. There, authorities said, he rammed three cruisers.

With the Escort stopped, Miles bailed out and tried to run away, but was caught by deputies and Tasered, officials said. Authorities then discovered there were two teenage girls in the car. Both told deputies they were friends with Miles, but didn't want to be in the car with him.

Sheriff's spokeswoman Marianne Pasha said Miles later told investigators he ran because he feared being caught for taking a friend's car and driving under the influence.

He was taken to the Pinellas County Juvenile Assessment Center on two counts of reckless driving, driving under the influence, two counts of false imprisonment, aggravated fleeing and eluding, grand theft auto, resisting arrest without violence and resisting arrest with violence.

Largo teen's joyride ends in arrest 05/23/08 [Last modified: Monday, May 26, 2008 5:44pm]
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