Thursday, April 19, 2018
Public safety

Man steals Tampa police car, runs into house during chase

TAMPA — A wanted man led Tampa officers on a wild chase Friday afternoon when he stole a police car and crashed into cars and a house, authorities said.

Lorenzo Little was seen arguing with a woman near the East Gate Motel, 1307 E Hillsborough Ave., at 2:30 p.m., according to police.

After an officer got out of his patrol car to diffuse the argument, he saw Little start stuffing something into his mouth, police said.

The officer grabbed Little, and the two struggled until the officer lost his balance and fell to the ground. Then Little jumped into the police car and drove away. Along the way, he hit one car in traffic and another that was parked and then crashed into a house at 1422 E Frierson Ave., police said.

Little then jumped out of the car, ran through a stranger's home and found a hiding spot. A police dog tracked him down and bit him. No one was seriously injured in the chase.

Little, 48, of 3817 N 53rd St. is charged with battery of a law enforcement officer, two counts of burglary, grand theft auto, resisting arrest, aggravated fleeing to elude, hit and run with injuries, reckless driving and driving with a suspended license. Officers also discovered that Little had warrants for drug and battery charges.

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