Deputies: Carjacking suspect arrested after fleeing police, crashing into vehicle on US 41

Carjacking Investigation

SARASOTA, Fla. (WWSB) - Deputies say the suspect in a carjacking has been taken into custody after crashing the stolen vehicle on Tamiami Trail.

Wednesday around 3:30pm, Sarasota Police officers spotted a silver 2006 Cadillac CTS near 42nd Street and Tamiami Trail.

That vehicle was carjacked from a woman around 6:45pm on Tuesday, when a woman entering her car at Parkway Collections at University Parkway and Lockwood Ridge Road in Sarasota was approached by a man who forced her inside and forced her to drive him away. When they reached DeSoto Road, the man forced her out of the vehicle and drove off with her car.

Officers attempted to stop the driver Wednesday afternoon, but say he fled until crashing into a vehicle on the 4200 block of Tamiami Trail.

Both drivers were taken to the hospital and are believed to be okay.

The sheriff’s office says the driver in the Cadillac is the suspect in the carjacking, but they’re still investigating.

It’s unclear if he’s been arrested or if he’s facing any charges at this time. His identity has not been released.

Deputies are investigating the carjacking while Sarasota Police are investigating the traffic incident. All lanes have since re-opened on US 41 after they were closed for around two and a half hours.

Deputies searching for suspect in a stolen vehicle incident in Sarasota
Deputies searching for suspect in a stolen vehicle incident in Sarasota (Source: Sarasota County Sheriff's Office)

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