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Largo police: Man was driving stolen motorcycle when he crashed

LARGO — A motorcyclist who was injured along with his passenger Monday night when he crashed into a pickup truck on Seminole Boulevard was arrested after police determined the bike was stolen, authorities said.

Dusan Babic, 20, of 10157 133rd St. N in Seminole, was charged with grand theft auto Tuesday. The 2009 Yamaha had been reported stolen from Pasco County about a year ago, Largo police Sgt. George Edmiston said.

Babic also was charged with petty theft because the license tag had been stolen recently from a vehicle in Largo, Edmiston said.

Babic and his passenger, a female juvenile who was not identified, were both ejected from the motorcycle. They were both wearing helmets.

According to Largo police, an officer tried to stop Babic about 8:15 p.m. because he was driving without his headlight on and was weaving in and out of stopped traffic.

Babic refused to stop and ran a red light at Eighth Avenue and Seminole Boulevard. The officer called off the pursuit in the interest of safety, Edmiston said.

"It was a traffic violation. We didn't even know it was a stolen bike at that point," he said.

Four blocks later, Babic crashed into the pickup, which was making a U-turn in the 1200 block of Seminole Boulevard, Edmiston said.

Babic was treated at a local hospital and released. Details about the girl's injuries were not immediately available Wednesday afternoon.

The driver of the truck, 46-year-old Steven M. Dobos of Largo, was not injured.

On Wednesday, Babic was being held in the Pinellas County Jail in lieu of $10,250 bail.

An investigation is ongoing.

Largo police: Man was driving stolen motorcycle when he crashed 10/20/10 [Last modified: Wednesday, October 20, 2010 4:00pm]
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