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Pinellas deputies arrest 3 after pursuit of pickup reported as stolen

CLEARWATER — Deputies arrested three people Sunday after a pursuit on U.S. 19.

A Toyota Tundra pickup, which had been reported stolen, was initially spotted about 4:30 p.m. Sunday heading north on 66th Street near Ulmerton Road, authorities said.

Here's how the resulting pursuit played out, according to the Pinellas County Sheriff's Office.

When the driver failed to stop, deputies tried to box the truck in with several cars. But the suspect, identified as Robert Milam, 27, of Tennessee continued east on Ulmerton and then north on U.S. 19. Just south of Gulf-to-Bay Boulevard, he bailed out of the vehicle and ran across southbound lanes of traffic. Deputies pursued him on foot and when they caught up with him, he resisted and fought with deputies, who used a stun gun to subdue him.

Milam was transported to Mease Countryside Hospital for treatment of non-life-threatening injuries sustained during the fight. Three deputies suffered minor cuts and scrapes.

Milam was arrested on charges of grand theft auto, aggravated assault on a law enforcement officer with a motor vehicle, fleeing and eluding, resisting arrest with violence, resisting arrest without violence and possession of marijuana.

Tiffany Pennock, 27 of Clearwater and Justin Purkey, 17, whose hometown was not released, remained in the stolen vehicle. Both were arrested on charges of grand theft auto.

According to the Sheriff's Office, the 2005 truck was reported stolen Christmas Day and was located Sunday by an electronic tracking service.

Pinellas deputies arrest 3 after pursuit of pickup reported as stolen 12/26/10 [Last modified: Monday, December 27, 2010 12:22am]
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