Tuesday, February 20, 2018
Public safety

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.

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