Squad cars hit; driver arrested
By Times staff writer
TAMPA -- A 22-year-old driver rammed two cruisers Saturday as he tried to escape from Hillsborough County deputies at Falkenburg Road and Lynn Avenue, authorities said.
Kentwain Francis, 22, and Eric Samson, 31, a passenger, were arrested after their vehicle hit a pole, said Hillsborough sheriff's spokeswoman Debbie Carter.
Carter said that just before 2 p.m., Deputy John Hall stopped a Dodge Stratus for having an unreadable temporary tag.
As he got out of his car, the Dodge moved forward, turned around, and hit a backup squad car that was just arriving.
The Dodge then hit Hall's vehicle and headed north on Falkenburg. It hit a minivan while turning west onto Broadway Avenue.
After the vehicle crashed into a pole, the occupants tried to run, Carter said.
A police dog sniffed out Francis, who was hiding under a mobile home, authorities said. He was charged with aggravated assault with a motor vehicle on a law enforcement officer, aggravated battery with a motor vehicle on a law enforcement officer, and aggravated fleeing and eluding.
Samson of 3603 Phillips St. in Tampa was charged with resisting arrest without violence.
A 16-year-old boy who also was a passenger in the car did not run and was not charged, Carter said.
No injuries were reported.
© 2006 • All Rights Reserved • Tampa Bay Times
490 First Avenue South St. Petersburg, FL 33701 727-893-8111
From the Times
North of Tampa