Traffic stop turns into chaotic pursuit

TAMPA — It seems Duane Linscott did not want to be stopped by a deputy Sunday night.

The 26-year-old Seffner man did everything he could to avoid it, an arrest affidavit says.

He fled an 8:30 p.m. traffic stop in his Isuzu truck, braked to try to make the deputy crash into him, sideswiped a minivan during the pursuit, then jumped out of his moving vehicle and ran, only to find himself struggling with a deputy, even taking the deputy's Taser, the affidavit says.

After all that effort, Linscott failed. By 12:40 a.m. Monday, he was booked into the Orient Road Jail without bail, facing a long list of charges that included aggravated battery and violation of probation for a charge out of Alaska.

Linscott of 11009 Circle Road in Seffner was driving the black 1994 pickup when Deputy A. Koehler tried to stop him at Williams Road near E Sligh Avenue, the report says.

Instead, Koehler's report states, Linscott suddenly applied his brakes. Koehler veered into the left lane to avoid a crash.

Linscott continued north on Williams Road, running stop signs and red lights as he traveled west on Harney Road and U.S. 301, the report states.

Linscott pulled into Riverchase Apartments, sideswiped a minivan, then jumped out of the moving truck.

As the Isuzu crashed into a tree, Koehler approached Linscott on foot, telling him to stop and "get down," the arrest reports says.

But Linscott punched, kicked and pushed the deputy before grabbing Koehler's Taser stun gun in the struggle, the report says.

Deputies finally detained Linscott, finding marijuana and a pipe on him, the report says.

Turns out, Linscott also was driving on a suspended license.

His charges include aggravated assault with a deadly weapon, aggravated fleeing to elude, three counts of battery on a law enforcement officer, depriving an officer of means of protection, three counts of obstructing or opposing an officer with violence, marijuana possession and leaving the scene of a crash.

State records show it was his first arrest in Florida. But one of his charges in Monday's arrest indicated he violated probation on a charge out of Alaska.

Traffic stop turns into chaotic pursuit 11/10/08 [Last modified: Tuesday, November 11, 2008 7:05pm]

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