CLEARWATER — A 21-year-old Tampa man was charged with kidnapping after he fled police in a stolen vehicle with two teenage runaways in the car Tuesday morning, authorities said.
Jermaine L. Carlyle of 7808 River Resort Lane was also charged with grand-theft auto, two counts of fleeing and eluding, and three probation violations.
According to arrest reports, a woman who lives on Scott Street called police after she saw Carlyle and the teenagers inside her vehicle about 6:30 a.m.
After Carlyle left the area in another car, a 1996 Buick, the woman drove around the neighborhood looking for the Buick; she saw it a short time later and flagged down a Clearwater police officer, who also was searching for the car, said police spokeswoman Beth Watts.
When the officer tried to pull Carlyle over, he fled with the two runaways — girls 16 and 17 — in the car, according to arrest reports. The Buick was listed as stolen, Watts said.
The officer quit following the Buick as it reached speeds of more than 100 mph on Gulf-to-Bay Boulevard during morning rush hour and nearly caused two accidents, the arrest reports show.
Carlyle was later found at the Red Roof Inn in Clearwater Beach.
He was trying to steal several other vehicles when police apprehended him, Watts said.
Records from the Florida Department of Law Enforcement show that Carlyle has been arrested nearly three dozen times in Florida beginning with a trespassing charge at age 13.
In April, he was sentenced to five years' probation on charges of grand theft, grand theft auto, burglary and felony driving with a suspended or revoked license, Hillsborough court records show.
On Wednesday afternoon, he was being held without bail in the Pinellas County Jail.