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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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  • Unbelievable all these cowards writing trash.I will always be proud to call Erick my of the most loyal men i have ever met

    Saturday, 28 October 2017, 7:42 am
  • Sure are a bunch real up coments about My friend my brother makes me sick how people can talk about someone they don’t know .cowards

    Saturday, 28 October 2017, 7:38 am
  • How are why is he even out ?
    Current Prison Sentence History:
    Offense Date Offense Sentence Date County Case No. Prison Sentence Length
    04/20/2006 AGG ASSLT-W/WPN NO INTENT TO K 02/26/2008 HERNANDO 0600775 5Y 0M 0D
    04/20/2006 AGG ASSLT-W/WPN NO INTENT TO K 02/26/2008 HERNANDO 0600775 5Y 0M 0D
    04/20/2006 FEL/DELI W/GUN/CONC WPN/AMMO 02/26/2008 HERNANDO 0600775 5Y 0M 0D
    04/20/2006 FLEE LEO/NO REGARD 02/26/2008 HERNANDO 0600775 12Y 0M 0D
    09/09/2006 ESCAPE 02/26/2008 HERNANDO 0601726 9Y 0M 0D
    10/04/2013 CONSTRUC.POSSESS CONTRAB. 12/12/2014 SANTA ROSA 1301557 2Y 0M 0D

    Thursday, 26 October 2017, 10:54 pm
  • No one has any right to place judgement on anyone. No one knows the whole story. And the ones saying zap him, And hang him from a tree should be ashamed of yourselves. Your talking about someone’s child. And you don’t know what kind of life he’s lived and caused him to ruin his life like this. People really just love having something to say.

    Thursday, 26 October 2017, 9:00 pm

      Friday, 27 October 2017, 10:48 am
    • Everyone has that right! It is what makes us human.

      Monday, 30 October 2017, 7:19 am
  • What a piece of junk! How do these guys think there is a future in their lifestyle?

    Thursday, 26 October 2017, 12:05 pm
    • Thinking positive? Right and who are you to judge someone, and call them a piece of junk? You may be right about there not being a future in the life style, but calling someone you don’t even know names is a bit juvenile don’t you think?

      Thursday, 26 October 2017, 9:02 pm
  • dumb homeys in the background…………… friend my friend making sure of my friend……… he not dead? wow! and yes good job by what appears to be good guys,good cops,well trained! GOOD JOB!

    Thursday, 26 October 2017, 11:26 am
  • wow! that pic of him in the tank top………. he SO COOL! when i grow up i wanna be just like you!! NOT! freak’in thug GANGSTA! real tough guy…………….ZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZ!!

    Thursday, 26 October 2017, 10:52 am

      Friday, 27 October 2017, 2:14 pm
  • What an actor……….that pos should have put up a fight and all would have been taken care of.

    Thursday, 26 October 2017, 9:49 am
  • What an intense video……the Officers handled this situation with the most professionalism that I have ever seen. There could have been loss of life had they not followed their training to the “T”. I bet this video will end up being a training video in the future….it shows exactly how to handle a situation like these Officers did.

    Thursday, 26 October 2017, 6:56 am

      Friday, 27 October 2017, 10:49 am
    • Thank you. I said the same thing below. Pasco has an awesome dept. and Chief Nocco is the best…

      Friday, 27 October 2017, 7:59 pm
  • Swing batta,batta swing,”from a big oak tree”.

    Thursday, 26 October 2017, 5:47 am
  • what a waste of tax payers money zappppp the punk.lowlife

    Thursday, 26 October 2017, 5:18 am
  • Chief Nocco has the right to be proud of his deputies for their professionalism and the way they conducted this incident… as opposed to the last incident in Hernando … The extreme foul language , helter skelter way they conducted the entire thing was like the Keystone cops. So pathethetic to watch the video.. I understand the adrenaline thing but that whole thing in Hernando was embarrassing….They should take some lessons from Pasco County …. Chris Nocco and his boys ROCK !!!!!!

    Wednesday, 25 October 2017, 9:50 pm
  • Good Job PCSO another POS off the streets. Wish we could see this sort of thing with Hernando Sheriff but they dont want to use body cams! lol

    Wednesday, 25 October 2017, 8:52 pm
    • No they are afraid to use bodycams to catch what fat, out of shape , lazy , incompetant fools they are. Not all but majority of HCSO is an embarrassment to the Hernando taxpayers…

      Friday, 27 October 2017, 7:58 pm

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