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