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Tampa man sentenced to 30 years after injuring deputy in string of crimes

TAMPA — A 46-year-old man who stole a woman's purse, ran over a Good Samaritan, rammed a deputy's cruiser and injured a detective was sentenced to 30 years in prison Tuesday.

Judge Daniel H. Sleet sentenced Antonio Elvy Davis of Tampa as a habitual offender.

Because of his extensive criminal history, Davis will have to serve 100 percent of his sentence, according to the Hillsborough County Sheriff's Office.

In his most recent offense for which he was arrested in July 2010, Davis tried to pass a bad check at Sweetbay Supermarket, 2535 Highway 60 in Valrico, when he stole a woman's purse and ran out of the store, deputies said.

As the woman began to scream, a passerby got out of his car and chased Davis, who escaped into a parked car, deputies said. Davis then ran over the Good Samaritan as he fled the parking lot, deputies sad.

Sgt. George Mosher, who was patrolling the area, noticed Davis speeding off and put on his emergency lights. As he did so, Davis rammed into Mosher's cruiser head-on, deputies said. As Mosher called for assistance, Davis backed up his car and rammed Mosher again.

Hearing Mosher's call for help, Detective John Graves pulled into the parking lot, when he stuck a concrete light pole and injured his head. Graves was treated at Tampa General Hospital with serious, but non-life-threatening injuries.

Deputies arrested Davis two days later at 105 Warren Ave. W in Tampa.

Before his July arrest, Davis had been charged in Hillsborough County for credit card fraud, grand theft, using a forged instrument, driving without a valid license, obstruction, leaving the scene of a crash with property and possession of marijuana, according to jail records.

Tampa man sentenced to 30 years after injuring deputy in string of crimes 07/26/11 [Last modified: Tuesday, July 26, 2011 11:15pm]
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