Shortly after 10 p.m. on Sept. 3, a driver pulled up to the gas pump at the Wawa located at 2509 Cortez Road W.
The victim left the keys in the car with the engine running while he entered the store.
When he left the store, he noticed it was being stolen and driven out of the parking lot by someone else, so he reported it stolen at 10:12 p.m.
About 50 minutes later, a deputy notified dispatch that she was behind the stolen car leaving the Holiday Heights neighborhood.
Ground units followed as did an aerial unit.
Once the chopper and K9 units were in place, a traffic stop was initiated at US 301 and 53rd Ave. East.
The driver of the stolen vehicle did not stop. The chopper continued to follow.
The suspect later parked the car on 21st St. East and ran from the scene.
When he saw responding deputies, he placed his hands in the air and cooperated.
The pursuit lasted 48 seconds with a top speed of 55 mph before the chopper took over.
The suspect, who was later identified as a 14-year-old, was charged with theft of a motor vehicle, fleeing to elude, and driving without a license.
Man Arrested for Stealing Uber Driver’s Car
CHARLOTTE COUNTY, Fla. (WFTX)—A man is in the Manatee County Jail after deputies say he stole his Uber driver’s car on Interstate 75 in Charlotte County.
According to the Charlotte County Sheriff’s Office, on Wednesday night, deputies got a call from the victim who was left stranded on I-75 near Mile Marker 164.
The victim, an Uber driver, says he picked up the suspect, 37-year-old Andrew Sullivan, from a treatment center in Fort Myers, and was going to take him to a treatment center in Plant City.
While in Charlotte County, the victim says Sullivan said he was going to be sick, so the driver pulled over. The driver got out of the car to check on Sullivan. That’s when Sullivan allegedly jumped into the front seat and took off.
The Manatee County Sheriff’s office found the car a short time later at the intersection of I-75 and State Road 64, and Sullivan was located nearby.