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Clearwater man arrested after multiple hit-and-run crashes

Published Aug. 23, 2015

CLEARWATER — A Clearwater man was arrested after a string of hit-and-run crashes while fleeing from police Saturday afternoon, according to the Pinellas County Sheriff's Office.

Ricky Renard Ferguson, 28, was charged with two counts each of leaving the scene of a crash with property damage, and fleeing and eluding a law enforcement officer, as well as one count each of leaving the scene of a crash with injury, resisting arrest without violence, possession of crack cocaine and not having a valid driver's license, authorities said.

According to the Sheriff's Office, Ferguson was seen driving erratically near the intersection of Madison Avenue and Woodlawn Street in Clearwater and fled from deputies, who then stopped him after he struck a mailbox at 632 Woodlawn St. about 2:55 p.m. Saturday.

Ferguson then sped off, driving south on Scranton Avenue, failing to stop at a stop sign and sideswiping a parked car, authorities said.

He failed to stop at another stop sign at Belleair Road and struck the side of another vehicle, whose passenger, Ryan McMatlon, 21, was transported to a local hospital with minor injuries, according to the Sheriff's Office.

Ferguson then exited the car and fled on foot before being apprehended by deputies, authorities said.