ST. PETERSBURG — Robert Parker Taylor reported his 1995 black and silver Ford Thunderbird stolen on July 25.
But police don't believe him. They said Taylor reported the vehicle stolen after he struck two vehicles with it, ran away and reported it missing.
Taylor, 41, was arrested Tuesday on charges of filing a false crime report, driving with a suspended or revoked license, and two counts of leaving the scene of a crash involving property damage.
According to St. Petersburg police reports, Taylor was driving on Central Avenue near 32nd Street about 12:24 a.m. July 25 when he rear-ended a vehicle, then sped off and struck another vehicle about a minute later.
Taylor then lost control of the car, police said, drove over a sidewalk and struck a concrete barrier in a bank parking lot. Then he ran away, leaving behind a passenger, Berry Hill Jr.
Hill told officers that his girlfriend's father, Taylor, was the driver of the vehicle.
It was 8:48 a.m. that morning, police said, when Taylor reported his Thunderbird missing. He told police he had left it in his apartment complex parking lot the night before. He said he thought his girlfriend might have taken it.
But police discovered that the car had been impounded after the two hit-and-run crashes hours beforehand. And police had Hill as a witness.
Taylor was given a chance to "recant" reporting his vehicle stolen, police said, but refused. He was arrested at the Pinellas County Jail, where he was already being held on charges of child abuse and DUI.
Taylor, of 803 Ninth Ave. N, is being held without bond.
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