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Man on ATV tries to outrun Hernando deputy's cruiser; he loses


Deputy: ATV driver fled after near crash

A 19-year-old Brooksville man driving an ATV on a roadway tried to outrun a sheriff's deputy, even popping a wheelie as he fled, before crashing and being arrested.

The Hernando County Sheriff's Office said Brian Carpenter of 16129 Sarasota St. was heading south on Orlando Avenue on Tuesday evening when he nearly struck a deputy's cruiser.

With Deputy Louis Genovese in pursuit, Carpenter sped off on Pensacola Street, occasionally looking back at the deputy. He popped a wheelie, then sped through an empty lot where he lost control and rolled the ATV.

A check revealed that Carpenter's driver's license had been suspended and he had an outstanding warrant for traffic-related offenses.

He was arrested on charges of fleeing a law officer and driving with a suspended license and was held at the Hernando County Jail on $5,500 bail.

Man on ATV tries to outrun Hernando deputy's cruiser; he loses 06/09/10 [Last modified: Wednesday, June 9, 2010 9:52pm]
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