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"Chase from hell' ends in closet

PINELLAS

Sheriff's spokesman Sgt. Greg Tita described it as "the chase from hell," but the man who deputies say led them from one end of the county to the other Tuesday was eventually found hiding under a pile of clothes at his home. Tita said Vincent Eugene Bennett, 20, was charged with two counts of reckless driving and two counts of fleeing and eluding an officer. He was released Tuesday on $400 bail. The chase began shortly after midnight when deputies noticed a 1973 Chevrolet being driven erratically. When deputies tried to stop the car, the driver made a U-turn and sped away. With headlights off, the car ran several red lights. Then, during the ensuing chase, it almost hit a Clearwater police cruiser, sped through a gas station and went the wrong way down the northbound lanes of U.S. 19. Eventually, the car was found parked near Bennett's home at 959 Melrose Ave. S, St. Petersburg, Tita said. Officers found him under some clothes in a hall closet, Tita said.

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