A convicted felon already on probation for a 2010 conviction out of Pasco County was arrested Sunday for attempting to steal a generator from the organizers of the TriRock Triathlon in Clearwater.
Christopher James Fusco, 43, was booked into the Pinellas County Jail on a variety of charges including grand theft, aggravated assault on a law enforcement officer and violation of probation.
He is being held without bond.
According to a Clearwater Police Department report Fusco was working as a day laborer for TriRock Triathlon when a volunteer for the event witnessed him sticking the generator into the truck of a 2005 Hyundai.
When the suspect was questioned about the equipment he claimed it was his. When Fusco was again questioned he removed the generator from the vehicle and drove away in the Hyundai.
The incident occurred just before noon near the intersection of Gulfview Blvd. and Bayway Blvd.
A CPD Officer spotted Fusco and initiated a traffic stop but he would not pull over. The suspect drove away at a high rate of speed and almost struck another responding CPD unit head on.
The Officer took evasive action to avoid hitting the Hyundai as the suspect vehicle continued traveling east on Bayway. Fusco was eventually located hiding near a dock on Palm Island Dr. Northeast.
He was arrested and taken into custody.
Fusco is no stranger to law enforcement in the Bay area with an extensive arrest record out of Pasco County. His prior arrests include grand theft, battery on a law enforcement officer, resisting arrest and retail theft.
Prior to Sunday's arrest Fusco was scheduled to be on felony probation until July 2014.