PINELLAS COUNTY, Fla -- Deputies were sent on a two-county-wide manhunt after several calls for hit-and-runs involving one suspect were made from North I-275 Saturday night.
The calls started to come in around 10 p.m. after several hit-and-run victims told police that a black Ford pickup struck them and took off. The five total hit-and-runs involving the truck happened between 22nd Ave. N. and the Howard Frankland Bridge on North I-275.
The suspect then crashed into a Nissan Sentra at the Westshore Exit before carjacking the driver of the Nissan.
Deputies were then called to the scene of another crash involving the stolen Nissan on SR-589 near Lutz Lake Fern Rd.
The Florida Highway Patrol and the Tampa Police Department responded to the crash and arrested the suspect for DUI, leaving the scene of a crash with injuries, carjacking with a deadly weapon, and grand theft of a vehicle.
The carjacking suspect has been identified as 43-year-old Lon Alan Brown. He is a resident of New Port Richey. He only had minor reported injuries.
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