GIBSONTON, FL (WWSB) - A Bradenton man was arrested Thursday morning following a high-speed chase through Manatee and Hillsborough County.
Joseph R. Neumair, 34, of Bradenton was taken into custody after traveling the wrong way on Interstate 75 and ramming patrol cars in an effort to escape authorities.
According to the Florida Highway Patrol, at 5:04 a.m. troopers received reports of a 2011 Nissan Rogue traveling northbound in the southbound lanes of I-75 near the Hillsborough and Manatee County Line.
Neumair then reportedly exited the interstate at Gibsonton Road, traveling westbound, before troopers made contact with him at the intersection of U.S. 41 and Gibsonton Road.
In a press release, troopers say after activating their emergency lighting, Neumair, without warning, reversed and rammed into the front of the FHP patrol car. He then fled southbound on U.S. 41.
The chase continued until the suspect reached the intersection of U.S. 41 and 105th Street Southeast, at which point troopers used a Pursuit Intervention Technique (PIT) to stop the vehicle.
A PIT maneuver is a pursuit tactic by which a pursuing car can force a fleeing car to abruptly turn sideways, causing the driver to lose control and stop.
Neumair was taken into custody and charged with Fleeing and Eluding, DUI, DUI Property Damage, Reckless Driving and Aggravated Battery upon a Law Enforcement Officer.
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