25-year-old man accused of hitting two cars before multi-vehicle crash in Sarasota

Hit-And-Run Suspect

SARASOTA, Fla. (WWSB) - Detectives say before a traffic crash Wednesday morning on Clark Road in Sarasota, the driver hit two other vehicles, all while driving a stolen car.

Around 7:00 a.m., deputies were called to the 6300 block of Gateway Avenue for reports of a vehicle burglary. Deputies say when they arrived they saw 25-year-old Aaron Watts fleeing the scene in a stolen grey Chevy Camaro onto Clark Road.

Deputies say he hit two vehicles before ultimately crashing on Clark Road, leaving the Camaro disabled and fleeing on foot before being taken into custody.

No major injuries were reported, though one woman had to be taken to Sarasota Memorial Hospital (SMH) with non-life threatening injuries.

Watts was also taken to SMH for minor injuries where deputies say he retrieved a bag of meth from a body cavity.

Deputies say Watts is responsible for a series of vehicle burglaries, as well as a home invasion and later auto theft, along Gateway Avenue. At the hospital, deputies say he admitted to committing the crimes while on drugs.

After being released from SMH, Watts was charged with three counts of hit and run, two counts of reckless driving, two counts of operating a vehicle without a valid driver’s license and a single count of possessing of methamphetamine.

There are also charges pending against Watts, including vehicle burglary, grand theft auto, fleeing to elude, home invasion robbery, felony violation of probation, criminal mischief, simple battery and resisting without violence.

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