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Tarpon Springs police: Fleeing felon from Pasco wanted officers to kill him

TARPON SPRINGS — A Pasco County man was so desperate to get away from police on Wednesday that he crashed his car and led officers on a foot chase, according to Tarpon Springs police.

But Jonathan Lee Post didn't get far, though he may have had plenty of motive to: Police said he was a felon in possession of cocaine, marijuana and a loaded gun.

Post, 25, told police that "he knew his life was over" if, as a felon, he were arrested on new allegations, according to Tarpon Springs police Lt. Barb Templeton.

The incident started about 3:50 p.m. as Post — also known as "Lil' Jon" — drove a 2003 Nissan Xterra north on Disston Avenue. An officer tried to pull over Post for an improper window tint.

But Post didn't pull over, police said, and instead sped off. Post ran two stops signs and drove 70 mph in residential areas, police said.

Officers already had called off their pursuit when Post crashed into a tree. Then he ran from officers, threw away his weapon, police said, and jumped a fence into someone's yard before he was captured.

Afterward, Post told them he had considered turning the weapon on officers, but said he wasn't going to pull the trigger.

"I was going to point it at you so you would kill me," Post said, according to police.

Post, of 6017 Sixth Ave., New Port Richey, was arrested on charges of being a felon in possession of a firearm, carrying a concealed firearm, being a felon in possession of ammunition, aggravated fleeing and eluding, possession of crack cocaine, possession of marijuana, reckless driving, trespassing and driving with a suspended or revoked license.

According to state records, Post has served prison stints for aggravated assault, fleeing and eluding, grand theft motor vehicle and carrying a concealed weapon. He was released in January.

Tarpon Springs police: Fleeing felon from Pasco wanted officers to kill him 04/29/10 [Last modified: Thursday, April 29, 2010 8:49pm]
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