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Man accused of taking hostages during chase with Pinellas deputies

ST. PETERSBURG — A 23-year-old man is accused of keeping the mother of his child and their 2-year-old son prisoner as he led deputies on a harrowing high speed chase on New Year's Day.

Chaison Lamarr Philpot ran red lights, jumped the median, drove against traffic and even struck two vehicles before crashing into a pole later Friday night, according to deputies.

The woman later told deputies that Philpot wanted her to hold up their 2-year-old son, according to the Pinellas County Sheriff's Office, apparently to show his pursuers that he had hostages.

The chase ended in a crash, with Philpot escaping on foot.

But deputies caught up with him early Monday morning and arrested him on two counts of false domestic imprisonment, domestic child abuse, aggravated fleeing and eluding and misdemeanor battery.

According to the Sheriff's Office, here's how the chase unfolded:

The victim, Jaleesa Boles, 21, told deputies that she and her son were riding with Philpot in a 2002 Toyota 4Runner on Friday night when the man and woman got into an argument over a text message she received. She said that Philpot struck her.

Then Philpot pulled up alongside a marked sheriff's cruiser at the intersection of Park Boulevard and Park Street around 11 p.m. The deputy was off-duty and heading home.

When the victim spotted the cruiser, she started screaming, opened the passenger door and tried to get out with her son.

But the driver grabbed the woman and pulled her back inside as the deputy watched.

The deputy activated his emergency lights and sirens. Then the 4Runner took off, according to the Sheriff's Office.

Sheriff's officials could not say Monday how long the chase lasted, what speeds it reached, what happened to the vehicles struck by the suspect's 4Runner or if those occupants were injured.

The pursuit ended when deputies said Philpot crashed his SUV into a pole at 17th Street and 16th Avenue S. The driver took off running and managed to elude deputies.

Deputies didn't know there was a child inside the vehicle until after the chase. The boy was unrestrained, riding up front with his mother, and deputies said his head struck and cracked the windshield in the crash.

He suffered minor injuries and was treated and released from All Children's Hospital, according to the Sheriff's Office. Deputies said they also found a BB gun in the SUV.

Philpot was booked into the county jail at 1:36 a.m. Monday. State records show he has been arrested on numerous drug charges in Pinellas and Hillsborough counties dating back to when he was 17.

During Friday night's chase, according to records, Philpot was free on bail from the Pinellas jail. He was released Dec. 15 after posting bail of $25,500 on pending charges of being a felon in possession of a firearm, possession of cocaine with intent to sell and possession of marijuana with intent to sell.

Philpot is back in the Pinellas County jail, this time being held without bond.

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Man accused of taking hostages during chase with Pinellas deputies 01/04/10 [Last modified: Monday, January 4, 2010 3:53pm]
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