Crime

Man arrested after chase, crashing stolen car at Bradenton church

MANATEE -- A 28-year-old man was arrested after he lead deputies in a chase in a stolen car and crashed through the fence at a Bradenton church late Sunday, according to the Manatee County Sheriff's Office.

About 9:30 p.m., a deputy in the 2800 block of First Street spotted Jose Reynaldo Enriquez driving a car that had been reported stolen. While waiting for backup before making a traffic stop, the deputy followed Enriquez to the intersection of 30th Avenue East and Third Street East, where the driver fled, according to a news release.

Deputies initiated a pursuit as the driver fled west on 30th Avenue, reaching speeds of 75 mph as Enriquez approached 14th Street West. He did not slow down, even through there were pedestrians trying to cross the street, according to the sheriff's office.

At 26th Street West, Enriquez drove into the parking lot of St. Joseph Catholic Church, crashing into a yellow barrier and a chain-link fence. He ripped the fence from the posts and continued through a back parking lot and a soccer field, before stopping at the back of the property, according to the report.

The car was disabled, but he refused to get out, which was when deputies fired at him with their stun guns. He was then pulled out of the car and arrested, according to the report.

Enriquez, who currently is on probation for fleeing to elude and reckless driving, faces new charges of grand theft auto, aggravated fleeing to elude, resisting arrest, driving a vehicle in the commission of a felony, felony criminal mischief, leaving the scene of a crash with property damage, driving on a revoked license and violation of probation.

He was being held without bond at the Manatee County jail.

The damage to the car and to the church property was estimated at $7,000 to $9,000, according to the sheriff's office.

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