The 22-year-old Bushnell man who led Florida Highway Patrol troopers on a three-county chase, opened fire on pursing troopers and tried to run down two Citrus County deputies this past weekend was released from Tampa General Hospital on Thursday.
Travis Lovett, 22, was then booked into the Sumter County jail. He faces three counts of attempted murder on a law enforcement officer, felon in possession of a firearm, firing at a moving vehicle, DUI and felony drug possession, among other charges.
Troopers described the high-speed chase on Sunday that led to Lovett’s capture:
That morning, the Citrus County Sheriff’s Office asked for the Highway Patrol’s help to capture a stolen 2007 Ford pickup truck on State Road 44, west of U.S. 41.
Lovett tried to run down two deputies during that pursuit, authorities said.
Then Troopers joined the pursuit, which continued south into Hernando County and eastbound on County Road 476. Lovett fired three shots at pursuing troopers, the Highway Patrol said, and one of the bullets ended up striking the windshield of a trooper’s cruiser.
The pursuit continued into Sumter County, where it ended when troopers used the “PIT maneuver,” or pursuit intervention technique: A Highway Patrol cruiser struck the back of the fleeing pickup to spin it off the road. The pickup ended up overturning several times, injuring Lovett.
Lovett was the only person inside the vehicle. He was flown to Regional Medical Center Bayonet Point in Hudson, then sent to Tampa General for medical treatment.
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