ST. PETERSBURG — A 29-year-old man accused of trying to flee from police Monday night ran a red light, crashed into a tree and struck a police cruiser, authorities said.
But Bobby DeAngelo Miller wasn't quite ready to give up, police said. He also tried, and failed, to get away on foot before officers ran him down and arrested him, police said.
The whole thing began around 6:25 p.m., police said, when Miller ran a red light while driving a 1996 Acura. Two police cars stopped Miller near First Avenue N and 22nd Street N about 6:25 p.m.
Then Miller drove onto a sidewalk to try to get away, police said, but his vehicle struck a tree at 2120 Central Ave. The vehicle spun and winged one of the police cruisers, which had been driving parallel to it. Miller's passenger, Paul Elenzy McGee, 35, cut his forehead in the crash, police said.
After the crash, Miller jumped out and tried to run from police. He also tried to throw a bag of cocaine as he was running away, police said. Besides the cocaine, police said they found marijuana and crack cocaine in his vehicle.
Miller told officers he ran because he knew he was going to be arrested, police said. He was arrested on charges of aggravated fleeing and eluding, leaving the scene of a crash involving property damage and injuries, resisting an officer without violence, possession of marijuana, possession of cocaine and possession of cocaine with the intent to sell. He also faces drug and fleeing charges from 2010, according to jail records.
Miller was treated for undisclosed injuries at a hospital, then booked into the Pinellas County jail where he was being held without bail on Wednesday.
His passenger, McGee, was treated at a local hospital and also arrested on charges of possession of marijuana and cocaine. He was freed Tuesday night after posting $2,150 bail.
McGee's name came up in the investigation Friday of the 16-month-old toddler who went missing for six hours. The boy was left in an idling car by his father, police said, which was then stolen.
Tamarcus Daise Jr. was found unharmed that night, still strapped in the back of the rental his father Tamarcus J. Daise said he left him in hours before.
Daise was arrested on a charge of obstruction of justice during the search, accused of giving police false information that impeded the search for his son. He was also accused of leaving his child unattended to sell drugs.
The customer, according to police, was McGee.
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