Manatee law officers searching for suspect in chase, crash

BRADENTON - Law enforcement officials were looking for 29-year-old man who caused a traffic accident just south of downtown Bradenton while being pursued by sheriff's deputies, according to the Manatee County Sheriff's Office.

Just before 9 a.m. deputies attempted to pull over David Williams, who was driving a van, at the intersection of First Street and Eighth Avenue Drive West, Bradenton.

Williams took off and deputies pursued him.

Less than two minutes later, Williams crashed into a minivan at the intersection of Third Street West and 13th Avenue West, drove the van through a fence and fled the scene.

Deputies searched for Williams, including with police dogs, but were unable to find him.

The driver of the other vehicle wasn’t seriously injured.

Sheriff's Capt. William Dixon said Williams was heading north on Third Street West at the time of the accident. The minivan came to rest right next to the CSX railroad tracks that pass through the Bradenton Village neighborhood.

Williams crashed the van he was driving into a chain-linked fence just east of Third Street West .

Williams is wanted for violation of probation for the sale of cocaine. Charges stemming from today’s incident include aggravated fleeing to elude law enforcement, leaving the scene of a crash with injuries, resisting arrest, and driving with a suspended license.

Anyone with information on Williams' whereabouts can call the sheriff’s office at (941) 747-3011 or Crime Stoppers at 866-634-TIPS.