Man charged with grand theft auto

A Bradenton man was arrested April 24 during a traffic stop for allegedly driving a stolen vehicle, according to the Bradenton Beach Police Department.

David Allan Sweeney, 45, faces charges of grand theft auto, resisting arrest and driving with a suspended license after fleeing on foot from a BBPD patrol officer.

According to the police report, the BBPD officer pulled Sweeney over around 2:45 a.m. in the 100 block of Third Street South in Bradenton Beach after observing Sweeney swerving in and out of his traffic lane.

When the vehicle stopped, Sweeney reportedly began running west.

After being apprehended, Sweeney said he ran because he has a suspended license, the report said.

Officers soon discovered Sweeney had been driving a car stolen from Longboat Key earlier in the evening.

Sweeney allegedly told officers he took the vehicle because he found the keys in the ignition.

Sweeney was taken to Manatee County jail where he remained on a $2,120 bond. His arraignment is set for May 9 at Manatee County Judicial Center, 1051 Manatee Ave. W., Bradenton.

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