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TRIATHLON WORKER LEADS POLICE ON CHASE

CLEARWATER

A worker at the TriRock Triathlon was arrested Sunday after authorities say he attempted to steal a generator from event organizers, then led police on a race around town. Clearwater police say Christopher James Fusco, 43, of Holiday was working as a day laborer for the triathlon on Clearwater Beach when he started loading the 3,000-watt Honda generator into the trunk of a 2005 Hyundai around noon Sunday. Another race employee confronted Fusco, who at first maintained the generator belonged to him, authorities said. When challenged again, Fusco removed the device from his trunk and drove off, they said. A Clearwater police officer found the Hyundai in the 600 block of S Gulfview Boulevard and tried to stop it but Fusco sped off, authorities said. The chase continued onto eastbound Bayway Boulevard where, authorities say, Fusco unsuccessfully tried to hit another officer's vehicle head-on. Fusco was later found on Palm Island Drive NE under a dock and taken into custody. He was charged with grand theft, aggravated assault on a law enforcement officer, fleeing to elude, burglary and violating probation on a prior police battery conviction.

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