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Arrested in 90 mph chase, man blames stuck throttle

By Times staff writer

© St. Petersburg Times, published April 29, 2001

DADE CITY -- After a lengthy car chase that hit speeds of 90 mph, Robert Carl Albritton was arrested and given a chance to explain himself.

According to the report of the chase, Albritton told Pasco County sheriff's deputies "he was not attempting to flee and elude, instead he stated the throttle on the vehicle was stuck and it had no brakes."

Deputies saw Albritton drive through a stop sign and spin around -- do donuts -- in an intersection near Tait Avenue and Marion Street in Dade City on Thursday afternoon. When a deputy tried to stop him, the chase was on, going through the Tommy Town area, down Long Street and onto 14th Street, where deputies said Albritton got up to 90 mph. Along the way, the pursuit slowed down for stop signs and sharp turns.

Sheriff's supervisors called off the chase not long before it ended. As deputies were slowing down to give up, the engine in Albritton's 1982 Mustang blew in the parking lot of A.J. Warehouse Foods, and the car stopped at Eighth Street and Whitehouse Avenue.

Albritton was arrested on charges of fleeing to elude police and reckless driving. He was taken to the Pasco County jail in Land O'Lakes and was released Friday on $3,750 bail.

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