Burglary suspect leads deputies on chase through Parrish

MANATEE -- A burglary suspect was arrested early this morning after he led deputies on a chase through the Parrish area, according to the Manatee County Sheriff's Office.

Deputies were patrolling in the Kingsfield subdivision in Parrish about 4:15 a.m. when they noticed a man, later identified as Andy D. Wolverton, 29, adjusting some items in a small white vehicle. "As the deputies got closer they noticed the vehicle was packed with a laptop, electronics, among other items," a news release states.

Deputies told Wolverton to stop, and instead he jumped in the car and fled the area, according to the sheriff's office.

Patrol deputies saturated the area, looking for the suspect.

A deputy saw Wolverton driving on Old Tampa Road heading north towards U.S. 301 and gave chase until the suspect crashed into a light pole at 136th Street East and County Road 675, according to the sheriff's office.

Wolverton fled on foot, but he was found a short time later by deputies searching with a K-9 dog, which bit the suspect on the ankle.

Wolverton was taken to Lakewood Ranch Medical Center for treatment of his injuries.

The sheriff's office said the chase took 6 minutes and never exceeded 80 mph, and there was no traffic or other injuries.

Wolverton was being held at the Manatee County jail on bonds totaling $2,120 on charges of fleeing to elude law enforcement and driving with a suspended license. In the news release, the sheriff's office said he also would be charged with burglary.