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St. Pete Beach authorities: Drug sting leads to chase, wrong-way crash

ST. PETE BEACH — A 22-year-old St. Petersburg man led police on a pursuit reaching speeds of 90 mph and injuring two after a drug sting Saturday, police said.

The incident began about 10:15 p.m. after police said Gregory Earl Cleare Jr. sold six crack cocaine rocks to a St. Pete Beach police informer for $70.

After the deal, an officer on a motorcycle tried to pull over his black Chevrolet Impala on 75th Avenue and Blind Pass Road.

But Cleare cut between two other vehicles to try to get away. At Boca Ciega Drive, he slammed on the brakes in an attempt to strike the officer, police said. Then he tried to turn into the officer as the officer was trying to avoid the crash, police said.

Cleare drove the wrong way on the Treasure Island Causeway, police said, striking another car.

The occupants were injured. Dorothy Noonan was taken to Bayfront Medical Center with serious injuries. Michael Noonan's condition was not available.

Police say they found 5.2 grams of crack cocaine in the Impala.

Cleare was held at the Pinellas County Jail on $45,650 bail.

Lavontaye Jamall Lee, 22, of St. Petersburg was also arrested. Police said Lee was at the drug deal and a passenger during the chase. He was released from the jail after posting $5,000 bail.

St. Pete Beach authorities: Drug sting leads to chase, wrong-way crash 05/15/11 [Last modified: Sunday, May 15, 2011 10:24pm]
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