High-Speed Pursuit and Crash Captured on Video, Gang Member Faces Several Felony Charges
PORT RICHEY (PASCO) – Yesterday, RNRF reported the arrest of 33-year-old Erick Leslie Batta, after he led Deputies on a high-speed pursuit and then crashed the stolen truck he was driving into a car and utility pole.
Officials released Body Camera video today, showing the end of the pursuit, where deputies are holding Batta at gunpoint. CLICK HERE FOR DRAMATIC VIDEO
As deputies pursued Batta, they observed him throwing multiple rounds of .40 caliber ammunition out of the window. A search of the truck revealed additional rounds of ammunition and 18 grams of methamphetamine.
Batta is charged with being a felon in possession of ammunition, grand theft auto, fleeing and eluding, violating parole and probation, and several other charges.ORIGINAL REPORT:
PORT RICHEY (PASCO) – For the second time in less than a week, Sheriff’s Deputies engaged in a high-speed pursuit with what sources say is a violent gang member.
According to Officials, around 12:40 p.m. Warrants Units and Patrol Deputies tried to arrest 33-year-old Erick Leslie Batta at his home on Becky Lane in Hudson. Before they could detain Batta, he fled in a 2005 Ford Quad Cab pickup and led deputies on a high-speed pursuit to Denton Road and then southbound on US-19. When Batta reached the intersection of Fox Hollow Drive he crashed into another vehicle and then into a light pole. The victim in the other vehicle was not seriously injured.
Batta was transported to an area hospital for treatment and will be charged with multiple felonies upon his release.
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