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Chase ends with crash on I-275 in Pinellas, driver escapes

3:14 PM, May 3, 2012   |    comments
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St. Petersburg, Florida -- Police are searching for the driver of a vehicle that fled from an officer during a traffic stop and crashed on I-275 shortly afterwards.

According to the sheriff's office, a deputy attempted to pull the driver over in the area of Roosevelt Boulevard and 28th Street in St. Pete Thursday morning.

Photo Gallery: Police chase ends with crash on I-275

The driver made a U-turn to avoid the deputy through the grassy median and headed southeast on Roosevelt. The deputy started to pursue the vehicle but then stopped.

A short time later, the suspect's vehicle flipped on I-275 and became engulfed in flames.

Police say the driver fled on foot and is still on the loose. Officers have set up a perimeter in the area, including a K-9 and helicopter unit in search of the man.

The sheriff's office says they do know the man's identity but they not released his name at this time.

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