BRADENTON — A man faces a multitude of charges after police say he tried to ram them with a car during a traffic stop Friday.
The encounter started around 6:30 p.m., when Bradenton police officers say they observed Kalvin Williams driving and stopping to speak to random people in the 2000 block of 13th Street West, "an area known for illegal narcotic and prostitution activity," according to a police report.
Police say they saw witnessed Williams committing "traffic infractions" before he pulled into a parking space in the 1400 block of 14th Street West. When officers initiated a traffic stop of his vehicle, they say he put it into reverse "in an apparent attempt to strike the police vehicle and/or the approaching officers," the report states.
The driver of the police vehicle had to back it up to avoid being struck, and the officers on foot jumped out of the way.
Williams then allegedly rammed his car into another vehicle parked next to his, pushing it into another parked car. He backed up again and rammed the same vehicle, according to police, before exiting his parking spot, striking another car along the way.
Williams then drove off at a high rate of speed, heading west along 18th Avenue West and through residential neighborhoods, the report states.
Williams struck a city light pole as he made a right turn from 14th Street West onto 12th Avenue West, according to the report, knocking the pole from its mounted base. When he tried to make a left turn onto Fifth Street West, he apparently lost control of the vehicle, striking a wooden bench and steel barbecue grill before the car came to rest alongside a wooden fence at Bradenton Village Apartments. He then fled on foot.
A police dog from the Manatee County Sheriff's Office attempted to track Williams, but the search had to be called off because of an "excessive amount of pedestrian foot traffic," the report states.
The registered owner of the car Williams was driving contacted the sheriff's office and attempted to report it as stolen, authorities said, but when that person showed up at the scene of the incident she gave "inconsistent" information about knowing Williams and allowing him to drive the vehicle before she left.
Williams has several active felony arrest warrants from the sheriff's office and faces charges of felony fleeing to elude, reckless driving, three counts of aggravated assault with a motor vehicle, three counts of leaving the scene of a vehicle accident with property damage and obstruction.