Sheriff Chris Nocco helped a deputy and state trooper stop the driver of a stolen vehicle Thursday after the driver fled from law enforcement heading nearly 100 mph on U.S. 41, according to Pasco County Sheriff’s Office.
The driver sped away north on the highway in Land O’ Lakes after a deputy ran the vehicle’s tag, discovered it had been reported stolen in Hernando County and made U-turn to follow.
Nocco was near S.R. 52 and heard about the incident over his police radio, spotting the vehicle as it headed north. The sheriff began to trail the vehicle, but it sped away again after a state trooper began to follow.
The driver of the stolen vehicle turned west on Bowman Road, avoiding an area where deputies had begun setting up stop sticks, and stopped in a wooded area of Shady Hills.
The sheriff, a deputy and an state trooper drew their weapons and ordered the driver out. He was taken into custody without incident. The name of the deputy and trooper involved haven’t been released.