ST. PETERSBURG — Police arrested a man they said tried to run over an officer who intercepted a drug deal.
Isaiah Cooper, 30, of St. Petersburg, was arrested about 1:30 p.m. Thursday after a short pursuit.
Police said detectives saw Cooper and a 26-year-old woman, Ashley Dawson of St. Petersburg, exchange drugs and money in the Walgreen's parking lot at 875 Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. St. N.
When officers moved in to arrest the pair, police said, Cooper, who was driving a Kia sedan, accelerated.
Detective Vincent Trubella had to jump out of the way to avoid being struck, police spokesman Mike Puetz said.
Officers quickly arrested Dawson, who is charged with possession of cocaine and violating probation. Cooper sped off north on Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Street.
The pursuit ended minutes later when Cooper crashed into a tree at 21st Avenue N and bailed out of the car before officers caught up to him.
He is charged with aggravated assault on a law enforcement officer, drug possession, sale or delivery of crack cocaine, tampering with evidence, fleeing and eluding, leaving the scene of a crash, resisting arrest, obstruction and battery on a law enforcement officer.
He was held in the Pinellas County Jail on Friday in lieu of $100,750 bail.