Make us your home page

Today’s top headlines delivered to you daily.

(View our Privacy Policy)

Man arrested on charges of driving into St. Petersburg police officers



ST. PETERSBURG — The search began after a man drove into three St. Petersburg police officers. Nearly two months later, they arrested a suspect.

Police arrested Adrian Maurice Lovett, 20, on Monday on charges of aggravated battery on a police officer. They named Lovett as a suspect in March after an incident in which three officers were hurt.

Police were blocking off streets at Neptune Drive and Beach Drive SE about 8:45 p.m. on March 11 after an accident knocked down power lines at the Coquina Key intersection.

Lovett's car sped toward the intersection and then came to an abrupt stop, police said. An officer approached to the car and told Lovett and a passenger to get out. The officer said he smelled marijuana.

When the two men didn't get out, the officer called over two more police officers. Police said the officers made the passenger get out of the car.

Then, police said, Lovett hit the gas.

He struck the three officers with his open passenger door, ran into a fire truck and drove away before police could follow, they said.

One officer was treated for minor injuries.

Lovett was being held Wednesday in the Pinellas County Jail on $110,000 bail. He faces charges of battery on an officer, leaving the scene of a crash and false verification of ownership.

Man arrested on charges of driving into St. Petersburg police officers 05/08/13 [Last modified: Wednesday, May 8, 2013 10:57pm]
Photo reprints | Article reprints

© 2017 Tampa Bay Times


Join the discussion: Click to view comments, add yours

  1. Review: Bruno Mars' charisma glitters like gold at Tampa's Amalie Arena


    Nothing in this world should be as easy as Bruno Mars makes it look. Not singing, not dancing, and certainly not playfully seducing more than 17,500 starry-eyed Tampa fans with one of pop music’s best bands at your back.

    Bruno Mars performed at Tampa's Amalie Arena on Oct. 19, 2017.
  2. Mikhail Sergachev scores twice as Lightning shuts out Blue Jackets (w/ video)

    Lightning Strikes

    COLUMBUS, Ohio — Mikhail Sergachev said he blacked out for a few seconds after his first NHL goal Thursday night, a rocket slap shot from the point.

    Mikhail Sergachev, front, looks like he’s very in the moment with teammate Dan Girardi after scoring his first NHL goal, though he says he blacked out for a bit. He scores again in the second.
  3. Dodgers rout Cubs 11-1 to win pennant, head to World Series for first time since '88


    CHICAGO — Enrique Hernandez put a Hollywood ending on an LA story three decades in the making.

    The Dodgers celebrate their Game 5 victory Thursday night over the Cubs at Wrigley Field, putting Los Angeles in the World Series for the first time since 1988.
  4. Another suspicious death in Tampa's Seminole Heights


    TAMPA — Police were investigating what they were calling a suspicious death in southeast Seminole Heights Thursday night, near the location of two fatal shootings last week.

    Interim Tampa police Chief Brian Dugan addresses reporters about the latest suspicious death in southeast Seminole Heights Thursday night. [JONATHAN CAPRIEL | Times]
  5. Duke tops preseason coaches' basketball poll; Gators No. 7


    Duke has been tabbed basketball's preseason No. 1 for the second straight season in the coaches' poll, released Thursday.

    Florida point guard Chris Chiozza launches the shot of last season’s NCAA Tournament, a winning 3
against Wisconsin that put the Gators into the Elite Eight. Chiozza returns to lead a UF team that’s getting its share of preseason attention, including a No. 7 ranking in the coaches’ poll.