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Release Number: 09-230

For Immediate Release

Public Information Office

August 25, 2009

Debbie Carter:

(813) 247-8060































Temoi K Ford,  DOB 3 -23-86

1216 Julian Lane, Tampa


Charges:  Attempted Felony Murder


Aggravated Battery on a Law Enforcement Officer with Motor Vehicle

  ( 6 counts)


                         Driving while license suspended with knowledge


                         Aggravated Stalking


                         Aggravated Fleeing and Eluding


                         Criminal Mischief


                         Possession of  Marijuana


                         Resist Arrest with Violence


                         Violation of Domestic Violence Injunction


                         Reckless Driving


                         Violation of Probation - Aggravated Stalking,

(2 Battery counts) and Battery Domestic Violence (2 counts)



Arrested on the above charges


August 25, 2009 at approx. 10:47 a.m.


arrested in the area of Falkenburg Road and Progress Village Blvd.




















This morning between 9:50 and 10:37 a.m., the suspect Temoi Ford was observed driving a green Chrysler Van through the parking lot of the Bayou Crossing Apartment (10408 Zachery Circle in Riverview) complex by the mother of his child, Renita Jones.  Jones lives at the complex and has an active Domestic Violence Injunction against the suspect who is also on felony probation for Aggravated Stalking against Renita Jones.  The suspect willfully violated the injunction and his probation

by repeatedly harassing and following Jones.  Deputy Crystal  McClelland

observed Temoi Ford driving the Chrysler Van and attempted a traffic stop at which time the suspect began driving recklessly, fleeing and attempting to elude deputies.  A traffic stop was conducted during which the suspect stuck the right rear quarter panel of Deputy McClelland's marked patrol vehicle.  Deputy McClelland exited her vehicle to effect an arrest of the suspect during which the suspect intentionally backed into another Sheriff's Office vehicle, ramming the front end of Detective Kevin Cooper's vehicle while he was still inside, displacing the vehicle approximately 8 feet.  The suspect then drove forward and rammed Cpl. Don Balaban's patrol vehicle in the right fender in an

attempt to flee.  During this time, the suspect intentionally attempted to run over Deputy Crystal McClelland who had to leap out of the way of the suspect’s oncoming vehicle that was within one foot of striking her.  The suspect continued to flee, again striking Cpl. Balaban's vehicle approximately two more times and attempted to strike the Corporal's vehicle at least three other times during the pursuit.  The suspect disregarded several stop signs, traffic signals and operated the vehicle in total disregard for the safety of the public.  The suspect knowingly operated the vehicle with a suspended driver’s license.  The suspect was stopped in the area of Falkenburg Road and Progress Village Blvd. and was also found to be in possession of marijuana.


None of the deputies were injured during the incident.  Ford was taken into custody and charged with the above charges.