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Police sting leads to wild chase, 7 arrests

CLEARWATER — An undercover police operation in North Greenwood on Wednesday night resulted in seven arrests and a dramatic police chase.

According to police, Kevin W. Jefferson, 36, of Clearwater showed up about 11 p.m. looking to buy crack cocaine.

An undercover police officer gave him two pieces of wax in exchange for a $20 bill. When Jefferson's black F-150 pickup pulled away, police closed in to make a stop.

But Jefferson did not give up easily. He sped away, police say, ramming cruisers as he led authorities through the city streets. His pickup was pushed off the road in the 1700 block of Belleair Road a few miles away and he was apprehended.

Officers discovered a 2-year-old child in the truck. The child, who was not injured, was turned over to a relative.

Jefferson faces two counts of aggravated assault against a law enforcement officer and two counts of aggravated battery on a law enforcement officer. He also faces charges of purchasing cocaine, fleeing and eluding, and child abuse.

Jefferson has been on drug offender probation since January 2005, Department of Corrections records show. He was being held in the Pinellas County Jail without bail because of a violation of probation from Seminole County.

In all, seven people were arrested on 18 different charges during the drug operation.

Jonathan Abel can be reached at jabel@sptimes.com or (727) 445-4157.

Police sting leads to wild chase, 7 arrests 12/18/08 [Last modified: Tuesday, December 23, 2008 6:29pm]
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