BRADENTON -- A Manatee County man was arrested about 1:45 p.m. Thursday after he led Bradenton police on a "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 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 Liafurtune drive by.
"Officer Gow yelled out, 'Hey, that man is wanted on a warrant,' " Christensen said.
Gow called headquarters and Officer Jason Nuttal soon tried to pull over Liafurtune and a 24-year-old passenger, Christensen said.
But Liafurtune did not pull over for the flashing police lights. He just kept driving through neighborhood streets, obeying stop signs and lights, almost as if the law was not even there, Christensen said.
Liafurtune 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, Liafurtune got out of the car and put up his hands, Christensen said.
Liafurtune's warrant was for failure to pay child support, Christensen said.
"But he will now be charged with a slow-speed chase," Christensen said.
Charges of possession of narcotics are pending on the 24-year-old passenger who was taken to Manatee Memorial Hospital for treatment, Christiansen said.
Liafurtune's bail information and booking photo was not immediately available through the Manatee County jail website.
Richard Dymond, Herald reporter, can be reached at 941-745-7072 or contact him via Twitter@ RichardDymond.