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Sheriff: Bicyclist struck by stolen car, seriously injured during chase in Bradenton

MANATEE -- A 61-year-old man was in critical condition after the bicycle he was riding was struck by stolen car driven by a woman who was fleeing deputies, according to the Manatee County Sheriff's Office.

A woman was arrested after stealing a car from Bradenton car wash and leading deputies on a chase that ended with the bicyclist being struck, according to the Manatee County Sheriff's Office.

The bicyclist, whose name was not released, was in critical condition at a local hospital

A police dog nabbed the suspect, according to the sheriff's office.

At about 12:15 p.m. Tuesday, deputies responded to a report of a Cadillac being stolen from someone at the Blue Dolphin Car Wash, 505 Cortez Road W., Bradenton, according to sheriff's office spokesman Dave Bristow.

The suspect, later identified as Tippy McCullough, 20, fled south to 57th Avenue East and then headed east before turning onto 15th Street East, according to a news release.

As McCullough approached U.S. 301 she jumped over the median in order to avoid traffic and then began to head north, the release states. McCullough hit the bicyclist as she was turning.

Some deputies continued their pursuit, while others stayed at the scene wit the bicyclist. Stop sticks were used to stop the Cadillac in the 2400 block of 15th Street East.

McCullough was arrested. She faces charges of grand theft auto and traffic related charges.

A deputy's vehicle was also hit during the pursuit, causing minor damage.

Deputies said the chase reached speeds of up to 85 mph on U.S. 301, but that was after the bicyclist was hit, according to the sheriff's office. There also was little other traffic on the highway, deputies said.

Jessica De Leon, Herald law enforcement reporter, can be reached at 941-745-7049. You can follow her on Twitter@JDeLeon1012.

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