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Police: Tampa man, 19, tried to ram police cruiser with car

TAMPA — A police cruiser cornering a 19-year-old in an alley early Tuesday was not enough to stop him from trying to escape, police said.

Daniel Devonte Neal, 19, used his 2010 Dodge sedan to try to ram a parked cruiser and flee, causing the responding officer to drive into a ditch and leading to a chase through city streets just after 3 a.m., officials said.

It began when an officer near Hillsborough Avenue and 40th Street tried to pull Neal over for a traffic stop, authorities said.

Neal sped away as a helicopter tracked him from the air, police said.

When Neal pulled into a dead end, police said, the officer used his cruiser to box him in. But Neal tried to ram the cruiser, parked with siren on and lights flashing, and the officer pulled into a ditch to avoid a collision, according to an arrest affidavit.

Another cruiser joined the chase and eventually caused Neal's car to spin out, police said.

He was arrested and charged with fleeing police, reckless driving and aggravated assault on a law enforcement officer. Bail was set at $15,250.

Police: Tampa man, 19, tried to ram police cruiser with car 10/11/11 [Last modified: Tuesday, October 11, 2011 4:14pm]
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