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Passengers cleared in Pasco police chase

NEW PORT RICHEY — After a 19-year-old man crashed into two New Port Richey police cars, injuring one officer, in a chase last week, deputies were looking for two men who were riding in the car with him.

They found them, Pasco County Sheriff's Office spokesman Eddie Daniels said, and after interviews over the weekend and Monday, determined that the men, whose names weren't released, will not face charges.

"Those guys are in the clear," he said.

The same can't be said for the driver.

Charged with two counts each of attempted murder of a police officer and aggravated assault of a police officer, Eric Stanley Jr. of New Port Richey was arrested Friday afternoon. He was spotted getting out of his girlfriend's car outside his residence at 6620 Missouri Ave., according to an arrest report. His girlfriend, Tearra Nixon, 25, was arrested on drug possession charges.

Authorities say an officer pulled Stanley over about 2 a.m. Friday after he ran a red light. When the officer got out, Stanley hit the accelerator, pinning the officer against his car, reports said. The officer received a cut to his head.

Stanley fled to Green Key Road, where he rammed another officer's car, continued on to U.S. 19 and escaped.

He abandoned the car, a blue 2014 Hyundai Sonata, on Sunhigh Drive, police said.

Nixon was released from Land O'Lakes jail Saturday after posting $5,150 bail. Stanley was still there Tuesday, in lieu of $120,000 bail.

Contact Gage Bentley at (727) 869-6250 or Follow @gagebentley.

Passengers cleared in Pasco police chase 07/01/14 [Last modified: Tuesday, July 1, 2014 8:46pm]
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