Man arrested after leading Manatee deputies on chase in Bradenton

July 23, 2013 

MANATEE -- A 43-year-old man was arrested after he led deputies on a short high-speed chase in Bradenton late Monday, according to the Manatee County Sheriff's Office.

About 11:34 p.m., a deputy saw the suspect, later identified as Steven M. Rosenwinkel, driving east on Cortez Road at a high rate of speed, according to a news release.

Rosenwinkel turned south onto Fifth Street West, and then into the parking lot of Muscle Works Gym, 447 Cortez Road W.

"Rather than exiting, the subject turned back into the parking lot and drove around. He made a deliberate, aggressive charge directly at (the deputy)," the report states.

The deputy made an evasive maneuver to avoid being struck, and Rosenwinkel exited and went west on Cortez Road. He then turned north on 14th Street West.

Another deputy located the vehicle at the intersection of 30th Avenue West and Ninth Street West. At First Street, the deputy activiated his lights and siren, but Rosenwinkel refused to stop, according to the report.

"Weather was favorable, traffic was very light and speeds never exceeded 90 mph," the report states.

Deputies deployed stop sticks, which deflated three Rosenwinkel's tires, and he came to a stop against a street sign in the 6800 block of 14th Street West.

The pursuit lasted seven minutes, according to the sheriff's office.

Rosenwinkel tried to flee on foot, but a police dog was able to nab him. He was taken to Lakewood Ranch Medical Center for treatment of minor bite injuries.

No one else was injured.

Rosenwinkel faces charges of aggravated assault on a law enforcement officer, failure to obey law enforcement order to stop, leaving the scene of a crash and driving with a suspended license, according to the sheriff's office. He was being held without bond at the Manatee County jail.

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