NORTH PORT (WWSB) - A North Port man was arrested Tuesday after deputies say he stole a woman’s car then fled, ultimately crashing it.
On Tuesday, May 28 around 2:00 in the morning the Sarasota County Sheriff’s Office says they responded to a call around the 5000 block of Clark Road for battery. The victim told deputies she got into an argument with 27-year-old Sean Cone, who stole her phone, keys and left with her car.
Deputies say they located the victim’s car and began following Cone to conduct a traffic stop, but when they turned on their lights, Cone sped off.
Deputies stopped the pursuit out of concern for public safety but say they caught up to Cone later, when he crashed at the Laurel Road exit of I-75 and was taken into custody after a short foot pursuit.
Cone was arrested. Deputies say they found a .22 caliber handgun and a glass pipe commonly used for drugs on him.
He’s been charged with fleeing to elude, grand theft of a motor vehicle, possession of a firearm by a convicted felon and possession of narcotic equipment.
Cone remains in custody on $11,000 bond. The sheriff’s office says Cone was released from prison in August 2018 and has prior arrests for Burglary, Aggravated Battery, Possession of a Firearm by a Convicted Felon and Grand Theft.