TAMPA - An armed robbery turned into a police pursuit that went from Tampa to St. Petersburg and back to Tampa early Monday morning.
It began when a Tampa police officer investigating an auto burglary heard the sound of tires screeching in the area of East Floribraska and Mitchell Avenues. The officer saw a black Honda with a man hanging onto the hood and yelling for help.
The driver, later identified as 46-year-old Harold W. Bean, then drove into a chain link fence in an effort to dislodge the victim from the hood.
Bean then drove east to Nebraska Avenue and headed south. Officers stopped their pursuit after Bean wound traveling westbound in the eastbound lanes of the Gandy Bridge and into St. Petersburg.
Bean then came back to Tampa driving normally across the Howard Frankland Bridge. A second pursuit began at I-4 and I-275. Bean traveled east to I-75 and then headed northbound.
An officer deployed spike sticks near Fletcher Avenue and the vehicle came to a stop in the median.
Bean fled on foot but was captured by a K-9 officer.
He faces a list of charges including armed robbery and aggravated battery.
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