LEON COUNTY, Fla. (WTXL) - A Tallahassee man was arrested early Wednesday morning after Florida Highway Patrol troopers spotted him fleeing from police in a stolen car and caught him after a ramming and a short foot chase.
LaPadre Uareli Sharpe, 24, was driving a vehicle the FHP attempted to stop that matched the description of a stolen one that fled from the Tallahassee Police Department.
Troopers said that about 1:20 a.m. Wednesday they started to follow Sharpe's vehicle because he appeared to be DUI and was very reckless.
Troopers turned on their emergency lights and siren attempting to stop the driver, who failed to stop and began to flee from troopers.
While fleeing south on North Ridge Road, Sharpe tried to hit two troopers head-on with his vehicle. The five-minute pursuit was ended by troopers initiating a vehicle immobilization technique at Meridian Street and Polk Drive.
After the stop, Sharpe rammed his vehicle into the driver's side door of the trooper's patrol car.
The driver attempted to continue to flee south on Meridian Street by crashing into a guardrail at Polk Drive and Meridian Street.
The driver then fled on foot and was apprehended by troopers after a short foot chase.
During the search, troopers found a Smith & Wesson (9mm) in the driver's seat, 14 grams of crack cocaine, 41 pills of MDPBP (scheduled 1 drug), and $1,685 dollars.
Sharpe faces charges for fleeing/eluding at high speeds, battery on LEO with deadly weapon, felon in possession of a firearm, sales of cocaine, possession of a schedule 1 without a prescription, resisting without violence, reckless driving and possession of felony paraphernalia.