TAMPA — A 21-year-old man was arrested on aggravated battery and drug charges after ramming a U.S. Marshall's Office cruiser Tuesday, authorities said.
About 9:10 a.m. Tuesday a U.S. marshal and Tampa police officer were patrolling near Sligh Avenue and N Florida Avenue when they saw a red Dodge Charger, according to an arrest affidavit.
They pulled up to the car to see whether they recognized the driver as part of an unrelated investigation, but the driver, Tyrone Sheffield, recognized them as law enforcement and swerved his Charger toward the car, the affidavit states.
He rammed the car several times on its left side until the car was forced off the right side of the road into a utility pole, causing about $1,800 in damage, the affidavit states.
More police responded with emergency lights and sirens, but Sheffield sped east on Sligh Avenue, the affidavit states.
He drove about 75 to 80 mph through several red lights and turned onto southbound 13th Street from Sligh, where police lost sight of him, the affidavit states.
Officers found the Charger abandoned on E Henry Avenue with about 2.7 grams of marijuana and 21 grams of crack cocaine inside packaged for sale, the affidavit states.
They alerted other officers to look for Sheffield, and a warrant was issued for his arrest.
At almost 11 p.m., two Tampa police officers were investigating a report of a suspicious vehicle near 44th Street and Shadowlawn Avenue, where there have been several recent car robberies.
They saw a white and navy Lincoln Town Car leaving the area, and they stopped it at Hillsborough Avenue and 46th Street.
Officers determined that the front passenger was Sheffield.
He was arrested on charges of aggravated battery on a law enforcement officer, aggravated fleeing to elude arrest, possession of cocaine, possession of marijuana, possession of drug paraphernalia and giving a false name to law enforcement officers.
The driver, 18-year-old Warren Viverette, was arrested on a charge of possessing marijuana, and another passenger, 19-year-old Zvante Sampson, was arrested on a warrant charging him with driving without a license.
All three men were taken to the Hillsborough County Jail.
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