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High-Speed Pursuit Ends in Crash and Arrest of Alleged Gang Member, Suspect to Face Numerous Felony Charges

UPDATE: 10/25/2017 – High-Speed Pursuit and Crash Captured on Video, Gang Member Faces Several Felony Charges

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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  • 33 and dressing like a 16 year old punk bitch should be a crime itself.

    Thursday, 26 October 2017, 4:35 am
  • Anyone with a heart would defend ANYONE when it comes to an ignorant comment like “too bad He didn’t die” like because he’s messed up he doesn’t deserve to live?!?! I’m sure you’ve never done anything you shouldn’t have. You’ve never went down the wrong road before??? To say that someone doesn’t deserve to live is just insane to me. You have no right to make such a harsh judgement and thank God you don’t. Ignorant. That’s what you are. I’ll pray for you cuz feelings like that are defintely a sin.

    Thursday, 26 October 2017, 12:49 am
    • Krystal,grow up and quit making excuses for career criminals.He’s a violent,dangerous, repeat offender who needs to be removed from the street to protect innocent people that contribute to society.

      Thursday, 26 October 2017, 5:57 am
  • What a fkn joke!…he is an a**hole wanna be gangster!…he is a complete looser…to say he is a” dangerous gang member” makes me laugh…lets bring these little wanna be assholes to the Bronx in New York for 1 day in the real hood and see how long they last!

    Wednesday, 25 October 2017, 5:11 pm
  • Too bad he didn’t die .. lowlife egoists like him deserve it

    Wednesday, 25 October 2017, 4:24 pm
    • Wow what a scumbag you are. Too bad He didn’t die?!?! Are you serious.. No regard for human life.. IGNORANT!!!!

      Thursday, 26 October 2017, 12:45 am
  • too bad he didnt die.

    Wednesday, 25 October 2017, 1:15 pm
  • Why is he wearing his sisters pants?

    Wednesday, 25 October 2017, 10:50 am
  • The Batta boys are at it again. They used to frequent CCA back in the day! Have fun Pasco.

    Wednesday, 25 October 2017, 10:11 am
  • To those who think and speak so highly of this guy…………good. He will appreciate your visits to him in prison.

    Wednesday, 25 October 2017, 9:52 am
  • Erick is like my family, and he genuinely does have a heart and cares about people. You guys don’t know what he’s been thru so for you guys to speak on someone you don’t know and wish death upon them, you guys are no better. Reevaluate your life and stop living to judge others, maybe you’d be happier and have more to do then sit on a news page and talk irrelevant 😁

    Wednesday, 25 October 2017, 9:33 am
    • So Let me get this straight………..because he has been through a lot gives him an excuse for his bad behavior? I don’t think so!! I’ve have been through a lot too but I’m still taking care of business the way I should and not causing problems. I do not wish him dead but I do wish he would go to jail and get counseling for his bad behavior.

      Thursday, 26 October 2017, 2:07 pm
  • Only other lowlifes would defend this worthless punk. The only rehabilitation that will work for scum like this is a bullet to the head!

    Wednesday, 25 October 2017, 7:58 am
  • He may have a big heart just not that large of a brain! He is a poor decision maker. Don’t blame the cops they just do their jobs which is arrest the bad guys. He ran and endangered how many people on the road that day? Big heart to the people he knows, not so much for society!

    Wednesday, 25 October 2017, 7:21 am
  • Don’t break the law so you don’t go to prison and don’t blame others for your own mistakes.

    Wednesday, 25 October 2017, 7:13 am
  • How about we stay the same thing about you or your brother or father or anyone else you should love you people and your comments make me sick i think you guys should all take a good look at your own selfs and fix your lives and yourselfs everyone of us have done something to break the law bet that you just didnt get caught the things u all say make me SICK. WOULD YOU FEEL THE SAME IF THEY WERE PART OF YOUR FAMILY MAYBE YOU WOULD THAT JUST MAKES ME MORE SICK UP

    Wednesday, 25 October 2017, 1:09 am
    • Yea… no. Not everyone has done something to break the law. Unless you are conflating a parking ticket with his rap sheet:

      9/12/00 Battery upon an elder – 65 or older
      3/13/02 Grand Theft – MV
      4/20/06 Aggravated Assault with a weapon
      4/20/06 Felony Gun/Concealed weapon
      4/20/06 Fleeing LEO
      9/09/06 Escape
      10/04/13 Possession – Contraband

      Yea.. Real sweet guy. If my brother or father was like this I would hope that he died too – might even shoot them myself. Screw low-life criminal scumbags like this.

      Wednesday, 25 October 2017, 3:03 pm
  • Thats not a gang member thats a punk

    Tuesday, 24 October 2017, 9:55 pm
  • None of you ignorant people know Erick so before you go judging him get your damn facts straight. He is far from a monster . Hes the gentlest most caring person you will ever meet . The eating police in the county are the monsters !!! Erick had a tough time in prison . 12 years for a mistake made as a teen then they throw him out into society without anything to help him adjust to society. Unfortunately when people suffer from mental illness they tend to lead to drugs and then don’t make righteous decisions . Regardless he is a great man and I will forever defend him and be the first to let a person know how great of a boyfriend he was to me and even better father figure to my daughter. I love this man and he is very intelligent just made a mistake which ruined his life. Stop talking trash on here about him and go look in the mirror no one is perfect!!

    Tuesday, 24 October 2017, 9:31 pm
    • Ur HUSBAND was in prison 12 yrs , then gets out for 90 days, LOSER!!!!
      & U!!! ANOTHER LOSER!!!!
      Want a man that’s NEVER there!

      Wednesday, 25 October 2017, 4:24 am
    • I’m pretty sure nobody gives a fk, he is a p.o.s. and will be performing wife duties on some inmate in a prison near you shortly.

      Wednesday, 25 October 2017, 6:05 am
    • Lady you’re a loser just like you’re husband. He’s where he needs to be end of story.

      Wednesday, 25 October 2017, 7:27 am
    • do you have any idea how stupid you make yourself look, you dumb fat

      Wednesday, 25 October 2017, 1:22 pm
    • looks like he made more than a few mistakes

      Thursday, 26 October 2017, 1:54 am
    • Erick was a punk in prison, and he was a punk out on the streets. Your kids real dad ran off, go sell your a$$ on craigslist.

      Thursday, 26 October 2017, 5:53 am
  • I think Lena W and Bethy are the same person 😃

    Tuesday, 24 October 2017, 8:53 pm
  • Well for one I was in front of this guy who was driving like a maniac..flew by us with no regard to other people…I am glad that they got him and no other persons were hurt or killed…now it’s up to the state

    Tuesday, 24 October 2017, 8:05 pm
  • He’s 33 and has been extremely violent for over a decade. In and out of prison for numerous felonies, I really don’t understand why he’s out when even in prison he attacked guards. Innocent people are hurt and killed by these monsters all the time. Please no plea bargains, lite sentences or early release. He is crazy.

    Tuesday, 24 October 2017, 6:50 pm
    • Do u know him on personal level or do u voice what u say outta what u read or maybe what people run there mouths about im not at all thinking you know him at all but were in america so you can voice yourself as others but if you havent walked in the mans shoes and you dont know him on a personal level id have to say. Shut the up

      Wednesday, 25 October 2017, 12:55 am
      • It’s easy to look up arrests for the last twelve years–all over the age of 21. They range all the way to Attempted Murder.

        Wednesday, 25 October 2017, 7:12 am
  • I for one do not agree with the man decisions, but truth be told if we shot everyone for there mistakes non of us would be alive. I just hope he comes to a realization and changes his life for the better.

    Tuesday, 24 October 2017, 6:04 pm
  • BATTA-BING!!! 😜😝

    Tuesday, 24 October 2017, 6:04 pm
  • out only 90 days after 5 years in prison

    Tuesday, 24 October 2017, 5:56 pm
    • wrong info he was in for 9 years

      Tuesday, 24 October 2017, 6:01 pm
      • Brother doing 20 years as of last year.

        Tuesday, 24 October 2017, 6:18 pm
    • You’ve got your information wrong he did 12 years and has been home for a few months.. his brother only got 12 years as well i wish you people would know what you’re talking about before opening y’alls mouths.. no matter what their history maybe both of them are awesome people and have the biggest hearts.. so all yall who wanna talk on him..

      Wednesday, 25 October 2017, 1:29 am
  • Send him to prison, he’ll learn a whole new meaning to the term “GANG BANGIN”.

    Tuesday, 24 October 2017, 5:54 pm
    • He did 12 years in prison. That is what messed up his life. Don’t judge unless u know the facts. He was only a kid when he went in.

      Tuesday, 24 October 2017, 9:35 pm
      • These people are ignorant asdont any of these people know him.. if they did they wouldnt talk about him like that cause he is such an amazing person.

        Wednesday, 25 October 2017, 1:33 am
      • could you possibly look anymore stupid than you do right now?


        Wednesday, 25 October 2017, 1:17 pm
  • We live in a civilized society at least most of us do. The comments state why not everyone should own a gun. This man hopefully will spend many years behind bars. But he has the right to do process.

    Tuesday, 24 October 2017, 5:45 pm
  • These folks that think that is cool to lead police on high speed chases should face stricter penalties here in Florida. Longer prison sentences, loss of driver’s license for life, etc. Does Florida even have a 3 strike rule?

    Tuesday, 24 October 2017, 5:37 pm
    • Yes they do

      Tuesday, 24 October 2017, 8:26 pm
    • Florida Statute 775.084 Violent career criminals; habitual felony offenders and habitual violent felony offenders; three-time violent felony offenders; definitions; procedure; enhanced penalties or mandatory minimum prison terms.

      Now move back up North, where is everything is better, according to all of you transplants.

      I am still wondering why any of you moved down here, if it really is better up North.

      Tuesday, 24 October 2017, 8:44 pm
    • Yes Florida does have the 3 strikes. He will be sentenced accordingly. I don’t believe he thought it was “cool”. Fear makes you do things that you wouldn’t normally do. Erick was a messed up kid…sad to see him end up this way.

      Wednesday, 25 October 2017, 10:53 am
  • Could this be the trick that hit Tyler Sheeks the other night?

    Tuesday, 24 October 2017, 5:23 pm
    • No it was a silver truck thst hit him

      Tuesday, 24 October 2017, 6:35 pm
  • Really Bethy? “why not go ahead and just shoot this low life, save the taxpayers some money”. You must sit all day and night watching the news websites so that you can try to find someone to talk smack about. I have a suggestion…since you are obviously vile hater how about they just go head a shoot you and rid the world of another disgusting, hateful human being? I pity you…so much hate.

    Tuesday, 24 October 2017, 5:21 pm
    • open your house for free food and lodging for this young man. he might just need a hug to make everything all better.

      Tuesday, 24 October 2017, 11:46 pm
      • You just proved me completely right Food. To bad that you are so full of hateful judgments. You are an example as “The Ugly American”…God bless you.

        Wednesday, 25 October 2017, 10:50 am
    • That’s the only phrase Bethy uses every time she posts …………that’s how rudimentary her counterfeit intellect is……….

      Wednesday, 25 October 2017, 12:57 am
  • why not go ahead and just shoot this low life, save the taxpayers some money

    Tuesday, 24 October 2017, 4:19 pm
    • You need kicked in the

      Wednesday, 25 October 2017, 12:58 am
  • These useless idiots are just the cancer on society it’s unfortunate they don’t die when they crash they should just be shot upon capture and of story Not all life is precious

    Tuesday, 24 October 2017, 4:16 pm

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