Teen Rams Deputy’s Cruiser with Stolen Car, Pinellas Sheriff Says
The teen repeatedly rammed the cruiser, deputies said.
ST. PETERSBURG – A Clearwater teen was arrested Monday (Dec. 26) after he used a stolen car to ram a deputy’s cruiser, the Pinellas County Sheriff’s Office said.
Jatez M. Boyd, 16, of 1446 Overlea St. in Clearwater, was charged with one count each of grand theft motor vehicle, aggravated assault with a motor vehicle, aggravated fleeing and eluding, resisting an officer with violence, leaving the scene of a crash with property damage, no valid drivers license, and possession of marijuana. He was also listed as a missing juvenile/runaway.
Boyd received minor injuries deputies said. He was taken to St. Petersburg General Hospital where he was treated. No deputies were hurt.
Deputies said they saw a 2016 Honda Accord heading west on 38th Avenue near 68th Street N about 3 p.m. An inquiry on the vehicle tag indicated that the vehicle was reported stolen out of Pasco County.
Deputies did not pursue the Honda but maintained visual contact with the car. As deputies were monitoring the Honda, they said the vehicle began driving erratically and turned northbound onto 72nd Street N into a residential neighborhood where deputies lost visual contact with the vehicle.
The same Honda Accord was later seen traveling northbound on 78th Lane N. Deputies said the car was going at a high rate of speed and weaving back and forth in the roadway. When the Honda approached 46th Avenue N, deputies initiated a preemptive precision immobilization technique temporarily stopping and disabling the vehicle. A PIT is a driving maneuver in which the deputy uses his cruiser to bump the rear of the other car, causing it to spin so the driver loses control.
Boyd, who was driving the Honda, repeatedly rammed the front end of the deputy’s cruiser. Deputies said Boyd used the Honda to push the cruiser backwards towards the deputy, who was standing outside his cruiser challenging the teen at gunpoint. The impact caused damage to both vehicles. Boyd fled eastbound on 46th Avenue N.
Deputies pursued the Honda 46th Avenue to 66th Street N. The Honda made a southbound turn onto 66th Street N and continued southbound towards 40th Avenue N. Deputies said they used a second PIT maneuver on the Honda, causing Boyd to lose control of the vehicle, and crash into two unoccupied parked vehicles at 3901 66th St. N.
Boyd got out of the disabled Honda and ran away. Deputies said they captured Boyd after a brief foot pursuit.
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