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David Gee, Sheriff
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    Release Number: 12-021

    • For Immediate Release:
    • Public Information Office of Hillsborough County Sheriff’s Office
    • January 23, 2012
    • Contact Person:
    • Larry McKinnon : lmckinno@hcso.tampa.fl.us
    • 813/247-8094

    Hillsborough County Deputies Pursue Stolen Truck

    Suspect was arrested in Pasco County.
    • Saturday
    • January 21, 2012
    • Time: 5:55 PM
    • Hillsborough County


    (Booking Photo from 2011 Arrest)
    Johnny Ray May
    DOB: 09/22/1966
    1622 51st Street S
    Tampa, Florida


    • Aggravated Battery Law Enforcement Officer
    • Aggravated Assault Law Enforcement Officer
    • Aggravated Fleeing to Elude
    • Grand Theft 1st Degree
    • Burglary
    • *Additional Charges Pending


    On January 21, 2012, at approximately 8:55 pm, the manager of Nortrax John Deere Forestry Equipment contact HCSO to report a 25 ft. International box truck was just reported stolen in Pasco County and was now being tracked by GPS in Hillsborough County near US 301 and Adamo Drive.

    At approximately 9:00 pm a deputy spotted the stolen stuck travelling on US 301 near Causeway Blvd and followed it until assisting deputies could arrive.

    Additional deputies arrived and they attempted to box the truck in at 24th Ave and 50th South with their patrol vehicles. The truck slowed then accelerated forward, stopped and accelerated in reverse crashing and disabling one patrol vehicle. Fortunately the deputy in the crashed patrol vehicle was not injured.

    Other deputies on scene approached the stolen truck at gunpoint and ordered the driver to exit the truck. The driver accelerated the truck again this time towards a deputy on foot nearly striking him. The deputy was able to take an evasive maneuver and avoided being struck. No shots were fired and the pursuit began.

    With the assistance of Tampa Police Department and the Florida Highway Patrol the pursuit travelled through Hillsborough County, City of Tampa, and the City of Temple Terrace. Stop sticks were deployed successfully at numerous locations deflating the truck tires but the truck was able to continue at slow speeds on its bare wheels and rims.

    The pursuit continued north on US 301 approximately 25 miles into Pasco County, through the City of Zephyrhills and Dade City. The Pasco County Sheriff's Office assisted by blocking intersections and deploying stop sticks.

    At approximately 10:30 pm and several miles north of Dade City, the truck turned west on Christian Road, which eventually turns into a dirt road. What remained of the truck's rims and undercarriage dug into the dirt disabling the truck and ending the pursuit. Each of the truck's six tires was either flat or missing completely. This pursuit never exceeded 55 mph and averaged approximately 40 mph and at times traveled as slow as 13 miles per hour.

    Johnny May has an extensive criminal history for drug related crimes and fleeing law enforcement. Additionally, he is currently on probation in Hillsborough County for Fleeing to Elude. There were no injuries in this pursuit and the only property damage was approximately $12,000.00 dollars to the marked patrol vehicle May rammed at the initial traffic stop.

    HCSO will process warrants to have Brown transferred from the Pasco County Jail to the Hillsborough County Jail.
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