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Man Arrested After Stealing Car and Crashing into Police

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LADY LAKE, Fla. — A man was arrested early Wednesday morning after reportedly stealing a vehicle and crashing into a police officer’s patrol car according to arrest reports.

According to the report, Lady Lake Police Officer Kassim was traveling northbound on US 27/441 near the intersection of C25 just after midnight on Wednesday morning when he was struck from behind by a Honda SUV driven by a man later identified as 21-year-old Bryan Cardona-Rodriguez.

According to Kassim, Cardona-Rodriguez struck the officer’s patrol vehicle then traveled around the officer and sped off at which time Kassim initiated a pursuit.

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The pursuit came to an end when Cardona-Rodriguez came to a stop near La Plaza Parkway.

Officers learned the vehicle Cardona-Rodriguez was driving was stolen out of Orange County.

When questioned, Cardona reportedly told officers that he was walking around City Walk when he noticed the vehicle at a gas station with the door open and the engine running. He then stated he jumped in the vehicle and took off and kept driving until he was in Lady Lake.

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Officers also discovered that Cardona was involved in another hit-and-run accident in Leesburg that occurred just before he entered into Lady Lake.

Cardona-Rodriguez was arrested and charged with grand theft of an automobile, hit-and-run, and three counts of eluding police.

He was transported to the Lake County Jail where he is being held in lieu of a $12,500 bond.

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