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Manatee Co. sheriffs chase vehicle over Skyway Bridge

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MANATEE CO., Fla. (WWSB) – Deputies with the Manatee County Sheriff’s Office were led on a vehicle pursuit over the Skyway Bridge early Tuesday morning.

According to the sheriff’s report, at around 12:30 a.m. deputies located a stolen black Nissan Maxima on 500 Manatee Avenue West. The vehicle was occupied by two suspects at the time.

Deputies confirmed the vehicle had been stolen out of Pasco County and called in for backup. However, before the unit could arrive, the suspects fled the scene.

Deputies followed the vehicle south down 9th Avenue West, then east to 1st street. The pursuit continued north on 1st Street into Palmetto, then onto U.S. 19 North. The suspects then turned onto 1-275 north toward St. Petersburg.

The chase continued over the Skyway Bridge to exit 16 where the suspects attempted to negotiate a sharp right turn, but failed.

As a result, the suspects drove into a shallow retention pond causing the vehicle to flip forward on its roof.

Deputies were able to contain both occupants and driver Maki L. McDonald, 22, was arrested.

The passenger of the Nissan Maxima was released without being charged.