MANATEE -- A man was charged with stealing a BMW early Monday after fleeing from a law enforcement vehicle, according to the Manatee County Sheriff's Office.
An officer tried to conduct a traffic stop on a white BMW in the 5300 block of 9th Street East at 1:36 a.m. Monday, according to a release, but the driver fled at high speeds.
The officer did not pursue the vehicle and turned his lights off, and later determined the vehicle had been stolen, deputies said.
A short time later, the officer found the vehicle crashed into a tree at Pride/Splash Park, according to a release.
The driver, identified as Vernon Poole, 43, was removed from the vehicle, treated by Emergency Medical Services and taken to the hospital. He is charged with grand theft auto, fleeing to elude and felony narcotics charges.