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.
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.