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Deputies puncture tires of vehicle to end chase

Pasco County Sheriff's deputies said they were forced to puncture the tires of a vehicle driven by a drunken driving suspect whom they chased in Port Richey last weekend.

Raymond Louis Neeley, 37, of 9248 Glen Moor Lane in Port Richey is charged with aggravated assault on a law enforcement officer and other charges related to a chase that began about 1:30 a.m. Saturday.

Deputies began pursuing Neeley when several gunshots rang out on Pine Hill Road. An officer suspected Neeley was the gunman because his car sped off after the shots were fired.

A chase followed in which Neeley ran red lights, weaved back and forth into both lanes of traffic and plowed through yards on Embassy Boulevard. Once he rammed a patrol car.

Deputies were forced to lay "stop sticks" on the road to puncture the tires of Neeley's vehicle. But still it didn't stop his car. But eventually he ran his car into a drainage ditch at Old Post Road and Bay Boulevard.

It took several deputies and a couple of cans of pepper spray to subdue Neeley, described as a muscular, tattooed man who wears his hair in a Mohawk.

Neeley wasn't carrying a gun. He told officers he tried to escape because he was drunk and driving with a suspended license, the sheriff's report said. He was jailed on five separate charges.