An Apollo Beach man has been arrested after authorities say he intentionally crashed into patrol cars from two different agencies as he fled across three counties Thursday afternoon.
Kasey Mitchell, 34, drove up to a Hillsborough deputy’s patrol car, which was located in the parking lot of a Riverview church, around 1:30 p.m. and told the deputy he had been in a physical fight with a family member in Apollo Beach, the Hillsborough County Sheriff’s Office said in a news release Thursday night.
The deputy contacted colleagues who were at the scene of the altercation and discovered Mitchell was facing domestic violence charges. When the deputy told Mitchell he was being detained, Mitchell started his engine and began to drive away, according to the release.
The deputy tried to tase Mitchell, but it was not effective and Mitchell left, the Sheriff’s Office said.
Near the intersection of U.S. 301 and Krycul Avenue, Mitchell intentionally struck a patrol vehicle and drove toward Interstate 75, the Sheriff’s Office said. Once he got onto I-75, he continued north into Pasco County.
A Florida Highway Patrol trooper spotted the Camry around 1:44 p.m., and as Mitchell entered Pasco County, troopers tried to stop him, the Highway Patrol said in a news release. They were unsuccessful, and troopers said Mitchell used the Camry to intentionally hit one of their K-9 vehicles twice as he avoided spike strips and a precision immobilization technique, also known as a PIT maneuver, just north of State Road 52.
The chase crossed into Hernando County, and a trooper performed a second PIT maneuver at the 295.5-mile marker — successfully bringing the Camry to a stop, according to the Highway Patrol. Mitchell then got out of the vehicle and tried to take off on foot, but K-9 Titan stopped him and Mitchell was arrested, the release said.
He faces charges of aggravated fleeing and eluding, aggravated battery on a law enforcement officer and domestic violence, the Sheriff’s Office said. Additional charges are pending.
The Highway Patrol said Thursday afternoon that the Hillsborough deputy’s vehicle was hit on I-75, but the Sheriff’s Office said Thursday night that Mitchell rammed the patrol car before he drove onto I-75. This story has been updated.