Monday, May 21, 2018
Public safety

Police want help looking for man they say hit officers with car

ST. PETERSBURG — Police said they have identified the man who injured an officer with a car Monday night, and they want the public's help in finding him.

The suspect is St. Petersburg resident Adrian Maurice Lovett, 20. He is a black, 6 feet 2, 130 pounds, with a tattoo on his left forearm that says "Hardtime" and tattoos on his right forearm of two tombstones; one says "RIP Mercedes" and the other says "RIP Randy."

As of December, court records list his address as 820 14th St. S, but police said his whereabouts are unknown.

Officers were investigating a downed pole Monday night and had closed off the intersection of Neptune Drive and Beach Drive SE on Coquina Key. Lovett approached rapidly in a silver sedan and had to brake hard to stop, police spokesman Mike Puetz said.

When officers approached the sedan, they smelled marijuana and asked the driver and passenger to get out of the car, Puetz said.

The passenger complied, but the driver hit the accelerator, hit three officers with the open passenger door, careened into a fire truck and drove off.

Officer Brian Prest, 41, was taken to the hospital with a mild concussion and released the next day. The other two were treated at the scene by paramedics and did not require hospitalization.

The passenger in the silver car was identified as Donald Callaway, 27, of 2501 13th St. S, St. Petersburg.

He was charged with possession of marijuana.

Lovett was arrested within the last two years for dealing in stolen property and possession of marijuana.

He now faces charges of aggravated battery on a law enforcement officer.

Anyone with information was asked to call (727) 893-7780, or text (727) 420-8911 or leave a confidential tip at (727) 892-5000.

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