MANATEE -- A burglary suspect was arrested Monday morning after he led deputies on a crosstown pursuit, crashed his car into a tree and was bitten by a police dog, according to the Manatee County Sheriff's Office.
Leroy Lee Hope Jr., 20, was in the Manatee County jail on numerous charges related to the chase, which started about 2:50 a.m.
A deputy responding to a burglar alarm from a business in the 2000 block of University Parkway saw a white Chevrolet Caprice leaving the scene. The deputy and other officers began following, and the driver of Caprice sped away, approaching speeds of 80 mph, according to a news release.
During the pursuit, deputies deployed "stop sticks" that punctured the suspect's vehicle's driver side tires.
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In the 5800 block of Ninth Street East, the Caprice veered off the road and cut through a field to 58th Avenue Drive. A deputy tried to follow but hit a tree with the left front of his patrol car, according to the sheriff's office. The deputy was not injured.
Once on 58th Aveue Drive, the suspect -- later identified as Hope -- turned north onto Ninth Street Court East and immediately crashed into a tree.
Hope bailed from the car and fled west, but he was forced to hide because other deputies were arriving on scene.
Moments later, a police dog, "Nitro," flushed out the suspect and bit him on the right thigh, according to the sheriff's office.
Inside Hope's car, deputies found burglary tools, including a pair of bolt cutters that deputies say was used to cut a lock on a gate at the University Parkway business.