Police say a 32-year-old Tampa man led them on a vehicle chase that started east of the Anna Maria Island Bridge in Holmes Beach and ended on foot in Bradenton.
Holmes Beach police arrested Kelly King Sept. 11 in an allegedly stolen 2010 Toyota Camry on charges of grand theft auto, a third-degree felony, and fleeing with disregard to the safety of persons, a second-degree felony, as well as reckless driving, driving while license suspended or revoked and resisting an officer without violence.
The chase began at 5:38 p.m. after HBPD Officer Alex Hurt was alerted to a stolen vehicle by the city’s license plate reader system. He followed the Camry over the bridge and advised other units of his pursuit.
After crossing the bridge, Hurt activated his lights and siren. The motorist continued east on Manatee Avenue, passing a car by driving through the grass on the right shoulder, where the suspect vehicle hit a hill and caught air, then proceeded through the parking lot at Perico Apartments in the 11000 block of Manatee Avenue West, continuing to evade police.
The motorist pulled back onto Manatee Avenue West, almost hitting a bystander. As the vehicle approached 75th Street West, the front right tire blew and the motorist proceeded to drive on the rim, throwing off sparks and cutting a rut in the road, according to the police reports.
The vehicle turned south onto 51st Street, then east onto Cortez Road, where it swerved into oncoming traffic and proceeded until it turned south onto 14th Street, again head-on into northbound lanes.
The motorist stopped the car at the Michiana Motel, 3235 14th St. W., Bradenton, where the driver and a passenger fled on foot.
Another HBPD officer, assisted by a Manatee County sheriff’s deputy, chased King, ordered him on the ground at gunpoint, then handcuffed and arrested him.
The MCSO deputy apprehended the passenger at gunpoint near 14th Street West and later cleared and released the individual.
King was being held on $20,870 bond at the Manatee County jail on as of Sept. 16 and was scheduled to appear in court Oct. 9.