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2 ARRESTED AFTER DRUG STING LEADS TO CRASH

A 22-year-old St. Petersburg man led police on a 3-mile pursuit reaching speeds of 90 mph and injuring two after a drug stingSaturday, police said.

The incident began about 10:15 p.m. after police said Gregory Earl Cleare Jr. sold six crack cocaine rocks to aSt. Pete Beach police informer for $70.

After the deal, an officer on a motorcycle tried to pull over his black Chevrolet Impala on 75th Avenue and Blind Pass Road.

But Cleare cut between two other vehicles to try to get away. At Boca Ciega Drive, he slammed on the brakes in an attempt to strike the officer, police said. Then he tried to turn into the officer as the officer was trying to avoid the crash, police said.

Clearedrove the wrong way on the Treasure Island Causeway, police said, striking another car.

The occupants, Dorothy and Michael Noonan, were injured. Dorothy Noonan was taken to Bayfront Medical Center with serious injuries. Michael Noonan's condition was not available.

Cleare tried to run from the crash, but was tackled. Police say they found 5.2 grams of crack cocaine in the Impala.

Cleare faces two charges of leaving the scene of a crash with injury, aggravated assault on a law enforcement officer, obstruction, reckless driving, fleeing and eluding, sale or delivery of crack cocaine, possession of crack cocaine with intent to sell and driving with a suspended or revoked license. He was held at the Pinellas County Jail on $45,650 bail.

Lavontaye Jamall Lee, 22, of St. Petersburg was also arrested on a charge of conspiracy. Police said Lee was at the drug deal and a passenger during the chase. He was released from the jail after posting $5,000 bail.

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