Sunday, November 19, 2017
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Man charged in fatal crash that ended St. Pete police chase

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ST. PETERSBURG — A man who led officers on a high-speed chase last month that ended in a fatal crash was booked in jail on homicide charges Tuesday after being released from the hospital, police said.

Alfonso Eugene Mackey, 31, faces charges of second-degree murder, DUI manslaughter, vehicular homicide, and aggravated fleeing and eluding in connection with the March 22 crash that killed Dijon Senay Jackson, 19.

Jackson, who was visiting St. Petersburg from Pennsylvania, was a passenger in a Chevrolet Monte Carlo that Mackey was driving when he fled from police shortly after he held up a Family Dollar store, authorities said. The pursuit ended when Mackey crashed into a tree near 15th Avenue S and 40th Street.

Mackey was taken to Bayfront Medical Center with serious injuries. Jackson died at the scene. A blood draw at the hospital showed Mackey had traces of cocaine, marijuana and alcohol in his system at the time of the crash, police said.

Mackey also will face charges related to the Family Dollar robbery. They say Mackey was armed with a long-barreled shotgun when he and another man went to the store just before 8 p.m. that day and demanded cash. The second man, who wore a mask during the robbery, has still not been identified, police said.

Mackey was released from prison in October after serving a 10-year sentence for carjacking.

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