A man was arrested early Saturday morning after officials say he struck a deputy with his vehicle, lead authorities on a chase, and crashed into two parked cars.
- Drunk club patron leads deputies on chaotic series of events:
- Marcel Stanovick hits deputy with vehicle
- Leads deputies on a chase; drove into oncoming traffic
- Crashes into two parked cars; flees on foot
The Pinellas County Sheriff's Office was called out to the Oz Gentleman's Club on US 19 around 2 a.m. due to a trespassing.
Security at the club attempted to remove Marcel Stanovick, 28, from the premises for being intoxicated, but he refused.
When deputies arrived, Stanovick smelled of alcohol, his eyes were blood shot, and he was unstable on his feet.
Security informed deputies that Stanovick was so drunk that they had to park his vehicle for him when got to the club.
Deputies said they arranged for an Uber ride to take Stanovick home, but he returned to the club shortly after.
Deputy Jason Fineran was flagged down by the Uber driver, informing him that Stanovick insisted to return to the club.
Fineran found Stanovick in his Chevrolet Tahoe with the vehicle running. That's when officials say, Stanovick put the vehicle in reverse and accelerated, pinning Deputy Fineran into between the Tahoe and another vehicle.
Deputy Fineran only received minor injuries to his arm and hand.
Stanovick then fled the scene traveling down US 19. During the pursuit, officials said Stanovick drove into oncoming traffic and turned his headlights off in an attempt to elude deputies.
He eventually ended up crashing into two parked cars along 40th Avenue North in St. Petersburg, and still tried to flee from deputies on foot.
Deputies found Stanovick hiding near a home on 41st Avenue North and was taken into custody.
Stanovick was arrested and charged with aggravated battery on a law enforcement officer, driving under the influence, aggravated fleeing and eluding, resisting an officer without violence, and leaving the scene of a crash with property damage.