Two convicted felons from South Florida were arrested Saturday afternoon on a handful of charges after leading authorities on a two-county chase.
The pursuit ended when stop-sticks punctured the tires of the suspect vehicle in Pasco County.
Lucious Felder, 21, and Terry Joseph, 25, are being held without bond at the Hillsborough County Jail pending their first appearance before a judge.
According to a Hillsborough County Sheriff's Office report the suspects committed several vehicle burglaries in the Bloomingdale area including one at a YMCA Camp on Culbreath Rd.
Investigators say the pair used credit cards from that crime to purchase items at a nearby fast food restaurant and a gas station. From there Felder and Joseph proceeded to Lithia Springs Park where they allegedly committed two additional vehicle burglaries.
A witness followed the suspect vehicle after hearing the sound of breaking glass. He followed them west on Fishhawk Blvd. and contacted authorities.
Deputies quickly responded and the HCSO air service unit spotted the suspects in the area of US 301 and Gibsonton Dr.
Several other deputies responded to the call but were told not to pursue the fleeing suspects as the air service unit conducted surveillance from the sky.
The suspect vehicle headed north up Interstate 75 before exiting the highway onto Martin Luther King Jr. Blvd. in Seffner. They were traveling at the posted speed limit until they spotted several deputies in marked patrol cars.
The pair began throwing items from their vehicle and a female jumped out near the intersection of County Road 579 and Pruett Rd.
The stolen property was recovered but the woman was not. The suspects jumped back onto I-75 and began traveling north into Pasco County.
Deputies kept their distance as the air unit followed, updating the ground units on their direction.
Pasco County Sheriff's deputies soon joined the pursuit after the Felder and Joseph exited eastbound onto State Road 54. The suspect vehicle then reversed heading westbound where a HCSO deputy had successfully deployed stop-sticks, causing the left tire to blow.
The suspect's vehicle then hit a traffic control sign as it turned onto the northbound lanes of I-75. One of the men jumped from the vehicle before it stopped but was quickly captured.
The second man was apprehended nearby after the vehicle came to a stop. The driver told deputies he was injured and requested medical attention.
The passenger complained of a sore wrist and knee. Both men were transported to Florida Hospital on Fletcher Ave.
Investigators say the vehicle was a rental car. It was seized as were several items located inside.
Joseph has an extensive arrest record in Broward County and has served one stint in the state prison system. His prior arrests include grand theft, fleeing to elude and burglary charges.
Felder has priors in Broward and Lee counties on a variety of charges including fraud, possession of stolen credit cards, giving false information to a law enforcement officer, drug possession and obstruction.
The investigation continues and additional charges against the pair may be filed.
FOX 13 / WTVT-TV
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