Bradenton police arrest man after slow-speed chase

October 17, 2013 

BRADENTON — A Manatee County men was arrested about 1:45 p.m. Thursday after he led Bradenton police on an unusual “leisurely“ car chase.

”It was like the movie, ‘Driving Miss Daisy,’ “ Bradenton Police Lt. Tim Christensen said of the slow-speed car chase, which took roughly 15 minutes to resolve in a serpentine loop around the 1700 block of 14th Street West.

The chase began shortly after BPD Officer Jay Gow, patrolling the intersection of 21st Avenue West and 13th Street West on foot, saw 24-year-old Thamar Liafortune drive by.

”Officer Gow yelled out, ‘Hey, that man is wanted on a warrant,’“ Christensen said.

Gow called headquarters and Officer Jason Nuttal tried to pull over Liafortune and a 24-year-old passenger, Christensen said.

But Liafortune did not pull over when he saw flashing lights. He just kept driving through neighborhood streets, obeying stop signs and lights, almost as if the law was not even there, Christensen said.

Finally, Liafortune hit a dead end in the 3600 block of 18th Street West, Christensen said.

”We had six officers traveling around the chase but only two units were behind the suspects - Nuttal and a K-9 unit,” Christensen said.

Upon reaching a dead end, Liafortune got out of the car and put up his hands, Christensen said.

Liafortune's warrant was for failure to pay child support, Christensen said.

”But he will now be charged with a slow-speed chase,” Christensen added.

Charges of possession of narcotics are pending on the 24-year-old passenger who was taken to Manatee Memorial Hospital for treatment, Christiansen said.

Liafortune faces charges of fleeing to elude, resisting arrest, driving with a suspended license and not paying child support. He was being held at Manatee County jail on bonds totaling $2,610, according to the jail website.

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