SARASOTA, Fla - Authorities say a 17-year-old driver fled from deputies, crashed his car into a light pole and fled on foot Thursday night, and it may be shown on an upcoming episode of COPS.
Around 10:45pm, deputies observed a gold Chrysler convertible travel south on Tuttle Avenue as it made an illegal turn left at the 8th Street light from the travel lane. When deputies attempted to stop the vehicle it fled through several residential streets, turned west onto Fruitville Road and then crashed into a light pole as it made a wide right turn onto East Avenue.
The driver, a 17-year-old male from Sarasota, ran from the vehicle. A juvenile passenger surrendered without incident and was released to his mother without charges.
A responding Sarasota County Sheriff’s Aviation Unit Pilot and Tactical Flight Officer were able to use the helicopter’s infra-red camera system to direct an SPD K-9 officer to the teen's location. He had taken off his white t-shirt in an attempt to avoid detection.
Further investigation revealed that the teen had no valid driver's license, and the vehicle belong to his sister.
He has been charged with Fleeing to Elude, Leaving the Scene of a Crash, No Valid Driver’s License and Obstruction without Violence.
Also at the scene Thursday night was a video crew from the TV show COPS, which is been in the area lately following the Sarasota County Sheriff's Office.