Man arrested and charged with driving a stolen vehicle

BRADENTON - A man was arrested Thursday and charged with grand theft and fleeing police officers after he was spotted driving a stolen vehicle.

A Manatee sheriff's deputy and canine captured Charles Leonard, 18, where he was hiding near the 1300 block of 28th Street West just after midnight Thursday.

The deputy had seen Leonard driving the stolen vehice and tried to stop the car but Leonard drove off at a high rate of speed, an arrest report said. A helicopter followed the stolen car and Leonard dumped the car and started running on foot, the report said.