A car smashed into a retirement home near downtown Tampa early Tuesday morning.
The red Mustang caught fire after landing inside Tampa Baptist Manor at the corner of Grand Central and S. Plant Avenues.
Earlier, a DUI officer noticed a red Mustang traveling the wrong way on Howard Avenue. The officer activated his emergency lights, and the driver took off.
Suspecting the driver might be impaired, the officer deactivated his emergency equipment and did not follow the suspect per department policy.
Several minutes later, a call was received through 911 dispatch that the car hit the building at 215 Grand Central Place.
Officers arriving on scene observed Rico Jones walking away from the crash.
Jones, who also goes by the name Diamond, is 28 years old and lives in Clearwater. He has a 10-year police record, mainly trespassing and prostitution-related offenses.
He was charged with driving under the influence, leaving the scene of a crash with property damage, fleeing, and driving with a suspended license.