JACKSONVILLE, FL (DUVAL COUNTY) - According to an online news report posted on News4Jax.com, a 39-year-old man who was wanted on a lengthy list of criminal charges in Clay County, Florida, is now in police custody following a dangerous high-speed police chase that extended from the state of Florida into Georgia.
The suspect was being tracked by the U.S. Marshals Service when the suspect was spotted on Jacksonville's Northside. According to the police arrest record, the suspect was in his girlfriend's car driven by his girlfriend when he was spotted by the U.S. Marshals.
The motor vehicle was pulled over along New Kings Road, the suspect's girlfriend jumped out of the car, the suspect behind the wheel of his girlfriend's car, and then he sped away. The suspect drove through several red lights and stop signs trying to escape the pursuing law enforcement officers.
When the U.S. Marshals Service attempted and failed to stop the suspect using a PIT maneuver along Lem Turner Road, the suspect turned onto Interstate 95 North. The U.S. Marshals Service then attempted to stop the suspect using a second PIT maneuver but failed.
Law enforcement authorities stated that a Nassau County Sheriff's deputy also attempted to lay down stop sticks, but the suspect turned the vehicle toward the Sheriff. The suspect then avoided a third PIT maneuver close to the Florida-Georgia state line.
The fourth PIT maneuver attempt was successful and performed along I-95 in the state of Georgia. The high-speed police chase then came to a sudden stop. Law enforcement authorities stated the suspect was spun and crashed the vehicle he was driving into the median. The suspect attempted to flee the law enforcement officers on foot.
A Camden County K9 was in pursuit of the suspect, and the K9 quickly took down the suspect. The suspect was transported to a local area hospital for medical treatment.
A witness who asked that his identity not be revealed stated that the suspect sideswiped during the police chase. He stated that the incident occurred so fast, and there were five police vehicles chasing the suspect and many other vehicles trailing the pursuit at a distance.
The Duval County jail records show that the defendant has been charged with fleeing and attempting to elude police and leaving the scene of a crash. The defendant also faces several other criminal charges. According to the news story, jail logs showed that the defendant is also wanted in Clay County on warrants charging the defendant with lewd molestation, tampering with a GPS monitor, and child custody interference.