A 19-year-old driver in a wrong-way crash was arrested Monday afternoon, according to the Bradenton Police Department.
Around noon, Dequesz Bell, the driver of a white Crown Victoria, traveled eastbound in the westbound lanes of Third Avenue West when the driver saw a police car patrolling the area, according to Lt. James Wilkinson. Bell then made a U-turn to head westbound on Third Avenue West.
According to Wilkinson, Bell’s Crown Victoria hit a car, then turned southbound on northbound Ninth Street West and hit a black Toyota truck head-on. Bell fled the scene on foot and was caught and arrested soon after.
Bell faces charges including aggravated fleeing to elude, license tag not assigned, failing to register motor vehicle, driving without a license and leaving the scene of a crash that caused injury to others. All involved in the crash had minor injuries, Wilkinson said.
Bell is being held at the Manatee County jail on a $12,240 bond.
Northbound lanes of Ninth Street West at Third Avenue West were temporarily blocked and traffic was rerouted.