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Man on hood of car results in police pursuit over two Tampa bridges

Tampa, Florida -- An apparent drug deal gone bad resulted a police pursuit over two Tampa bridges early Monday morning after a man was seen clutching to the hood of a car.

Tampa Police say an officer was investigating an auto burglary in the area of N. Mitchell Avenue and E. Floribraska Avenue when he heard the sound of brakes screeching. He then saw a black Honda with a person hanging onto the hood screaming for help while the car drove around recklessly in an attempt to dislodge them.

The officer reported the driver of the vehicle, later identified as 46-year-old Harold Bean, then intentionally drove into a chain link fence near the intersection several times trying to get the the man off of the hood.

When the man fell off, Bean took off east to Nebraska Avenue and then headed south on the Crosstown to Gandy Boulevard and crossed over the bridge while being pursued by both ground and air units. Once into St. Petersburg, Bean then went onto the Howard Frankland Bridge and back into Tampa where he was stopped by spike sticks in the area of I-75 and Fletcher Avenue.

Once his car was disabled, Bean ran from the car until he was taken down by a K-9. He was arrested and charged with armed robbery and aggravated battery.

Police say an investigation revealed Bean had robbed the vicitm, 38-year-old Miguel Burgos, at gunpoint during a narcotics deal just before he ended up on the hood of the car.

It's not known at this time if Burgos will face any charges or if he was injured in the incident.


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