A man in Indian River County, Florida was arrested after leading police on a high speed chase on Thursday, November 1, 2018. The entire event was captured on video.
The man, who is 27 years old and resides at the 8800 block of Fifth Avenue in Sebastian, was charged with fleeing from the police, fleeing and eluding without regard for the safety of other people and property, aggravated assault on a police officer, resisting arrest and driving with a suspended license.
On Friday, November 2, he was held at the St. Lucie County Jail on a bail of $265,000.
The chase lasted almost an hour and started at around 3 pm, according to a time stamp found on the video, which was released by the Indian River County Sheriff’s Office. It began with a stolen vehicle after the car’s owner made a complaint.
The police stated that they chased the man all over the county before he started traveling south on Interstate 95. At that point, St. Lucie County police and Florida Highway Patrol officers joined in the pursuit.
The man tried to run over one of the Indian River County police officers and try to hit a state trooper’s vehicle as well, according to a report. Some portions of the chase saw the stolen car he was driving reach speeds of more than 100 miles per hour.
Police eventually used stop sticks to slow the man down before his vehicle finally stopped. This is a method to which police can turn to stop a vehicle when it is fleeing by making it suddenly turn sideways, which results in the driver losing control.
When the vehicle finally came to a stop, the individual refused to get out and physically resisted to avoid getting handcuffed, according to the police.
The entire car chase was captured on video from a helicopter that was used by the Indian River County Sheriff’s Office. The video, which spans eight minutes, shows a silver Nissan traveling at exceptionally high speeds through the streets, all while weaving in and out of traffic and sidestepping police vehicles, racing through intersections and even going over grassy areas while the police were tailing it.
If you have been arrested after fleeing police in a vehicle or any other driving violation, you need an experienced Indian River criminal defense lawyer on your side. Call the Law Office of Jeffrey H. Garland, P.A. at 772-489-2200 immediately to speak with an Indian River driving offense defense lawyer about your case.