Clearwater, Florida -- It took two police agencies and two K-9 units, but a man fleeing a traffic stop in the area of Indian Rocks Beach was finally caught in Clearwater early Tuesday morning.
Clearwater Police say an officer in the area of S. Gulfview Boulevard and Gulf Boulevard responded to the intersection when he heard a nearby crash. When he got there, he saw that a Mercedes had taken out palm trees, landscaping, and signage just before the driver fled.
Two K-9 teams hunted down Ivo Santos who was found hiding behind a nearby hotel. During Santos' arrest, Pinellas County Sheriff's deputies arrived in the area after they had been looking for his car which had just fled from Indian Rocks Beach.
Santos has been charged with DUI, Leaving the Scene with Property Damage, DWLSR, and Obstructing/Resisting an Officer without Violence.