Pinellas, Pasco deputies capture driver after cross-border chase

HOLIDAY — Pinellas sheriff's deputies have taken the driver of a stolen car into custody after a pursuit that started in Palm Harbor and left another driver injured, deputies said.

It began when patrol deputies located a stolen vehicle from New Port Richey in the Boot Ranch area, according to Pinellas sheriff's spokeswoman Cecilia Barreda. The car pulled into the Ridgemoor Publix parking lot, 36301 East Lake Road, in Palm Harbor, where it clipped another car, causing minor damage, Barreda said. The driver of the car that was clipped was taken to a local hospital with minor injuries, deputies said.

The vehicle was intercepted by a sheriff's cruiser's in the north end of the lot. There, two people got out of the car and started running, deputies said. They were take into custody and were being questioned.

The driver of the car continued north on East Lake Road, deputies said. The Pasco County Sheriff's Office received a call about 5 p.m. from Pinellas officials saying the pursuit was crossing the county line, said spokesman Doug Tobin.

The car stopped at 2305 Sugarbush Drive, near Ivy Lane in the Holiday neighborhood of Forest Hills East, where the suspect fled on foot, Tobin said.

Pasco and Pinellas deputies set up a search perimeter, and aviation and canine units from the Pinellas sheriff's office began searching for the suspect. He was shortly thereafter taken into custody.

The driver has not been identified, and no other information was available.

Pinellas, Pasco deputies capture driver after cross-border chase 03/22/11 [Last modified: Tuesday, March 22, 2011 8:17pm]

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