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Man arrested at MacDill may face federal charges

MacDill Air Force Base officials won't decide until Monday whether they will seek federal charges against a man arrested Friday after trying to enter the base with weapons in his car.

Lt. Michal Crawford, a MacDill spokeswoman, said the arrest of Todd Christian Wiegler, 31, of Brandon was unprecedented. Base officials, most of whom are away for the holiday, will meet to discuss the situation when they return to work Monday, Crawford said.

Tampa police have charged Wiegler with carrying a concealed firearm, a felony, and carrying a concealed weapon, a misdemeanor.

Police said Wiegler asked to speak to Army Gen. Tommy Franks at the base's Bayshore Boulevard gate before guards noticed a pistol in his 1989 red Pontiac Firebird.

Police also found two knives, a loaded Glock .40-caliber handgun, four clips, and 43 rounds of ammunition for the handgun.

Wiegler was released from the Orient Road Jail on Friday night after posting $2,500 bail.

A man at the Brandon address that police said was Wiegler's home would not comment Saturday.

Deputy killed by driver fleeing other officers

PALM COAST _ A Flagler County sheriff's deputy was killed Saturday when he was hit by a car driven by a man fleeing officers on a highway.

Deputy Charles Sease, 35, was placing spikes on an Interstate 95 exit ramp shortly before 3 a.m. to deflate the tires of Bruce Grove's car when he was killed, sheriff's spokeswoman Debra Johnson said.

Grove, 28, of Daytona Beach, was fleeing deputies after an undisclosed disturbance at a bar, Johnson said. He was traveling about 95 miles per hour when he hit Sease, killing him instantly, Florida Highway Patrol Lt. Bill Leeper said.

Grove's car went out of control and rolled over in a ditch in Palm Coast, about 30 miles northwest of Daytona Beach. Grove was brought to Halifax Medical Center in Daytona Beach in fair condition and was expected to be released within a few days, Leeper said.

"We're going to book him for felony murder, DUI manslaughter, vehicular homicide, aggravated fleeing and eluding a law enforcement officer," Leeper told the Daytona Beach News-Journal for its Sunday editions.

Grove's driver's license had been revoked for frequent traffic violations, Leeper said.

Sease had been a deputy in Flagler County for two months following five years as a police officer in Waterbury, Conn., Johnson said.

_ Staff, wire reports

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