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Man takes Sarasota deputies on 3 chases

SARASOTA — A Sarasota man faces a slew of charges after authorities say he took deputies on three separate vehicle chases Friday and early Saturday, according to a Sarasota County Sheriff’s Office report.

Deputies first found Issa M. Alyan, 54, just before 10:30 p.m. Friday with a woman in a remote area at Sawyer Loop Road in Sarasota. The deputy began to question Alyan after accepting his driver’s license, before turning attention to questioning the woman.

Alyan then hopped into his car nearby and sped off, causing the deputy to have to jump out of the way to avoid being hit. Alyan escaped after a short chase, but left his driver’s license behind and deputies found he had an outstanding warrant stemming from a probation violation on a domestic violence conviction.

Deputies spotted his car again 45 minutes later but when a second chase reached dangerous speeds authorities had to stop the pursuit, according to the sheriff’s report.

On Saturday morning, at around 10 a.m., deputies again saw Alyan’s vehicle 7while staking out his home, and he again fled from Clark Road, north onto Bee Ridge Road. Alyan then drove his vehicle into the Heritage Oaks gated community, hitting the gate with his car and damaging it.

Deputies followed him into the neighborhood as Alyan drove over lawns of several residences, before deputies forced his vehicle into a row of shrubs in the 4900 block of Chase Oak Drive. A deputy suffered a dislocated shoulder during the chase, and Alyan complained of chest pains. Both were taken to the hospital for treatment.

Alyan has since been booked into the Sarasota County jail on charges of aggravated battery on a law enforcement officer, two counts of aggravated assault on a law enforcement officer, and two counts of fleeing to elude a law enforcement officer.

He was being held in the Sarasota County jail without bond.

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