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Police: man arrested in armed carjacking at USF Tampa

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Vladimir Matushevskiy Vladimir Matushevskiy
TAMPA, FL (WFLA) -

A 29-year-old man involved in the armed carjacking at the University of South Florida Tampa was arrested  Monday in Sumter County after a high speed chase.

Vladimir Matushevskiy faces charges of Grand Theft of a Motor Vehicle, Reckless Driving, Felony Fleeing to Elude a Law Enforcement Office, Resisting an Office without Violence, and Possession of Drug Paraphernalia.

The woman was carjacked at the USF Tampa parking lot Monday morning, when a man showed her a gun and ordered her out of the car.  He got into her Toyota Corolla and drove off, USF police officers said.

Related story: 07/29/2013 Police: armed carjacking on USF's Tampa campus

Sumter County deputies spotted the stolen Corolla a couple of hours after the carjacking on Interstate 75 near mile marker 321 going north.

Deputies tried to pull the car over but the driver kept going, reaching about 100 miles per hour. Near the exit to State Road 44 the car skidded and hit the raised medium, according to the sheriff's report.

The driver returned to the highway, the car started smoking and crashed into the weigh station across the Marion County line.

The driver ran into the woods nearby. Marion and Sumter deputies, K9s from both agencies and a Tampa police helicopter participated in finding and arresting Vladimir Matushevskiy, 29.

He is being held at the Marion County Detention Center. 

 

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