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Hernando County Deputies Nab Pinellas Park Uber Carjacker

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HERNANDO COUNTY, Fla. – On Monday at approximately 4:25 a.m., Hernando County Sheriff’s deputies were dispatched to mile marker 295 on I-75 to assist in the apprehension of a carjacking suspect.

A dispatcher from the Pinellas Park Police Department (PPPD) contacted the HCSO to request units be dispatched to I-75 at the Hernando-Pasco County line.

The PPPD dispatcher told deputies that a stolen vehicle, a white Honda Civic 4-door, was just about to enter Hernando County.

Further, the vehicle was stolen in Pinellas Park during the Carjacking of an Uber driver. As the driver of the stolen vehicle headed northbound, several agencies assisted, including the Tampa Police Department (TPD).

The TPD’s helicopter followed from the air, continually providing location updates to the PPPD dispatcher.

In turn, the PPPD dispatcher relayed that information to the HCSO dispatcher. The PPPD dispatcher also told the HCSO dispatcher the suspect was armed with a handgun.

Two Hernando County Sheriff’s deputies were at the ready, waiting near mile marker 300, as the driver of the stolen vehicle approached.

As the driver passed by, the deputies fell in behind the stolen vehicle, following for a short distance, until additional units arrived in the area.

Just as the driver crossed into Sumter County, the HCSO deputies conducted a Traffic Stop. Deputies placed the suspect under arrest with the TPD’s Air Service monitoring from above.

With the Traffic Stop occurring in Sumter County, a HCSO deputy delivered the arrestee to the Sumter County Jail. Cortez D Wordlow, 31, was charged as follows:- Grand Theft Auto- Bond – $5,000.

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