Florida couple arrested after police chase

(HERNANDO COUNTY, Fla.) -- A Brooksville man and his girlfriend were arrested early Saturday morning after the man led police on a chase back to the couple's apartment, where police say the woman lied about his presence.

Corey Owens, 26, was charged with felony fleeing and two counts of resisting without violence. His girlfriend, 24-year-old Amy Massey, was charged with two counts of obstruction of justice and one count of disorderly conduct.

The incident began around 2 a.m. Saturday when a deputy with the Hernando County Sheriff's Office saw a purple 1995 Ford Ranger pickup drive south on Twigg Street at about 65 mph and swerve off the road, reports said. Once the deputy turned on his emergency lights and gave chase, the pickup driver ran a stop sign and drove through side streets to the Tanglewood Apartments.

The pickup driver jumped out of his vehicle and ran through a wooded area into an apartment at 385 Union Street. Deputies found Owens, who matched the driver's description, in apartment 55.

The owner of the pickup, who let Owens borrow it, also identified him, though Owens refused to give his name and swore at police.

Meanwhile, Massey, found inside the apartment, refused to give Owens' name and said he had been there for several hours, police reports say.

Massey began swearing so loudly at police that neighbors came out of their apartments to find out what was happening, the reports say. When police tried to arrest her and place her in a patrol car, Massey resisted getting inside several times. It took two deputies to get her inside the car.

On Saturday, Owens and Massey were being held in the Hernando County Jail. Owens was being held on $6,000 bail, while Massey was being held on $1,000 bail.

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