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FHP: Driver Arrested after Seven Crashes, Carjacking

Lon Alan Brown | Florida Highway Patrol | Arrests

During one hit and run crash, the man stole the car he had struck, Florida Highway Patrol troopers said.

PINELLAS/HILLSBOROUGH COUNTIES – A New Port Richey man was captured after he caused seven separate vehicle crashes and stole a car, according to the Florida Highway Patrol.

Lon Alan Brown, 43, of New Port Richey, was charged with one count each of driving under the influence, refusal to submit to testing, carjacking with a deadly weapon, aggravated battery with a deadly weapon, and leaving the scene of a crash with property damage, according to Hillsborough County jail records.

Troopers received multiple reports of hit and run crashes at about 10 p.m. Saturday (June 3). The crashes were along northbound I-275 stretching from about 22nd Avenue N to the Howard Frankland Bridge in Pinellas County. All victims reported the vehicle that hit them was a black Ford pickup.

Hit and Run | Florida Highway Patrol | ArrestsHit and Run | Florida Highway Patrol | ArrestsAfter the first five hit and run crashes, troopers said the pickup collided with another vehicle near I-275 at the Westshore exit in Hillsborough County.

Troopers said Tampa police investigated that crash and discovered that Brown had carjacked the other vehicle involved in the crash, a Nissan Sentra, and fled the scene of that crash as well.

About 10:28 p.m., troopers said they were called to the scene of a seventh crash on State Road 589 near Lutz Lake Fern Road. Brown, who was driving the stolen Sentra, had collided with a seventh vehicle. Troopers and Tampa police arrested Brown.

For information about the Florida Highway Patrol, go to flhsmv.gov.

Crash photos courtesy of the Florida Highway Patrol.

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