02/06/2023 Stop Stick News: 33 Pursuit Stories From Around the Country
February 6, 2023
By: Zach Madden
Category: Stop Stick News
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Deputies with the Benton County Sheriff’s Office assisted Washington State Patrol after receiving reports of a man pointing a firearm at motorists and then firing the weapon into the air.
After the vehicle was located, the driver fled, leading officers on a chase from I-82 onto Coffin Road and eventually onto Nine Canyon/Haney Road. A spike strip maneuver was attempted to stop the vehicle, however, it was unsuccessful.
“Reckless speed has tremendously increased.”
So says a lieutenant with the Forsyth County Sheriff’s Office (FCSO), about what he and his colleagues see out on the roads.
“We’ve seen a substantial increase of the speed – of the number itself as opposed to just people speeding,” Lt. Scotty Spriggs tells WSB Radio.
Take as example the work of the FCSO to chase-down and safely bring into custody a speeder in December. The department posted on Facebook the dash cam videos of an attempted traffic stop of a vehicle. The driver accelerates to 70 mph in a 35-mph zone near Buford Hwy. The car then hits over 100 mph trying to flee the deputy in pursuit. At one point, the suspect’s car was clocked at 144 mph on Georgia 400.
ST. CLAIR COUNTY, Mich. (CBS DETROIT) – A Florida man is charged after fleeing from law enforcement in St. Clair County and attempting to cross the Blue Water Bridge before turning around.
According to the St. Clair County Sheriff’s Office, Richard Tumminia, 44, of Spring Hill, Florida, was arraigned on three counts of fleeing and eluding, three counts of resisting and obstructing and operating while intoxicated.
High-speed Chase Ends in Pettis County – Missouri
KSIS Radio 1050 AM – https://ksisradio.com/high-speed-chase-ends-in-pettis-county/
Early Thursday morning, Pettis County Deputies responded to the southern end of the county on US Highway 65 to assist Benton County Deputies who were in pursuit of a white Dodge Charger.
The driver was known by Benton County Deputies to have Parole Violation warrants on charges of felony Resisting Arrest, felony Receiving Stolen Property, and felony Possession of a Controlled Substance. He was also known to have removed his ankle monitor, which was placed on him by the Officer of Probation and Parole. The driver was throwing suspected narcotics from the vehicle.
Man charged with kidnapping passenger after police pursuit: Crashes into three patrol cars during getaway attempt – Washington
Prosecutors have leveled seven felony charges against a driver accused of fleeing police in a stolen truck while towing a stolen trailer and keeping his passenger prisoner at gunpoint.
Trenton Louis Seykora is accused of crashing into three deputy patrol cars while trying to escape from deputies down a logging road north of Quilcene.
BOTETOURT COUNTY, Va. (WFXR) — Virginia State Police say a driver led troopers on a high-speed chase in Botetourt County where officers were forced to use spike strips on February 2.
State Police tell WFXR News they attempted to pull a car over for allegedly going 20 miles per hour over the speed limit when the chase began. Police say speeds allegedly reached 92 miles per hour and spike strips were used to stop the vehicle in Rockbridge County.
KSNF/KODE | FourStatesHomepage.com – https://www.fourstateshomepage.com/local-news/newton-county-news/two-arrested-following-high-speed-chase-in-newton-county/
NEWTON COUNTY, Mo. — A high-speed chase ends in Newton County, with two people in custody.
Earlier this afternoon (2/2), the Newton County Sheriff’s Office received information from Joplin Police about a suspect wanted for drugs and firearm’s warrants.
Sheriff’s deputies spotted the vehicle on Highway 43, and with the help of the Seneca Police Department, used spike strips to try and stop the car near “U” Highway. Law enforcement agents were able to find the car a short distance away, but it was empty.
https://www.kiro7.com/ by Colleen West – https://news.yahoo.com/dui-suspect-rams-patrol-car-155010360.html
A man found slumped over the wheel of a truck that had been reported stolen fled from troopers when he awoke to find patrol vehicles around him.
On Thursday, Washington State Patrol troopers received a LoJack notification for a possible stolen truck in the Marysville area.
A trooper found the silver 2005 Ford F-150 with a man slumped behind the wheel at 83rd Avenue Northeast and 96th Street Northeast in Marysville. Additional troopers arrived and set up spike strips in case the driver tried to flee.
ST. LOUIS — A St. Louis rapper pleaded not guilty Wednesday to gun and fentanyl charges.
Antonio Harris, 25, who performs as La4ss, fled from police Feb. 16 as he was driving a Toyota Corolla on North Broadway in the city’s Baden neighborhood, according to court documents.
Officers used spike strips on the car’s tires, but it kept driving to Riverview Boulevard, where it eventually crashed in a median near Spring Garden Drive, according to court documents.
Woman was having mental health episode when she led Beaumont officers on chase into Houston: Police – Texas
HOUSTON, Texas (KTRK) — A woman is in custody after leading police on an 85-mile chase Thursday night from Beaumont all the way to downtown Houston.
Beaumont police told ABC13 the woman is from Louisiana and has been diagnosed with dementia.
Police tried to pull her over after the woman’s daughter called officers worried about her safety, but the woman fled on I-10.
The chase reached speeds over 100 miles per hour. It eventually ended at Franklin and Smith Street when state troopers deployed spike strips, according to police.
MARTINSVILLE, Va. (WFXR) — The Virginia State Police says spike strips were used during a high-speed car chase through parts of Southside Virginia on Thursday afternoon.
On Feb. 2 around 4 p.m., troopers say they attempted to speak to a person regarding a hit-and-run when the driver sped away. State Police tell WFXR News that the chase began in Martinsville and reached speeds over 110 miles per hour. The chase ended on Route 58 going toward Patrick County when spike strips were used to stop the vehicle.
Newport man facing multiple charges after police chase – North Carolina
https://www.witn.com – https://www.witn.com/2023/02/03/newport-man-facing-multiple-charges-after-police-chase/
NEWPORT, N.C. (WITN) – A Newport man is facing multiple charges after a police chase Thursday night.
Newport police have charged William Meadows, Jr. with felony fleeing to elude arrest, driving while impaired, driving while license revoked, careless and reckless driving, speeding, fail to stop for steady red light, fail to maintain lane control, and resisting arrest. Police say the 40-year-old Meadows also has a pending DWI in Carteret County and the vehicle he was driving was seized.
Missing Florida Lyft driver’s car found with slaying suspect– North Carolina
A man has been arrested after a police vehicle was struck by a stolen tow truck at Laverton North this morning.
Officers spotted the truck on the side of Boundary Road at about 3 am with a man asleep inside.
Police allege the driver woke up and attempted to drive away.
Stop sticks were deployed before the vehicle reversed into a police vehicle.
The 34-year-old driver has been taken to the hospital under police guard.
ADetective Justin Cheney was selected as the Best of the Badge recipient for the month of December.
This is the third time Detective Cheney has received this award, which is a testament to his strong work ethic and positive impact he has on his co-workers.
Detective Cheney spent a good portion of December as OIC (Officer in charge) on his patrol shift. As OIC, he responded to an agency assist call from North Las Vegas for the deployment of stop sticks on Interstate 15 for a homicide suspect that fled from NLVPD.
WELLINGTON, Kan. — A police chase initiated in Wellington resulted in the arrest of Ponca City resident Owen Eugene Legleiter, 18, on Monday afternoon.
The car chase started when Wellington Police discovered Legleiter was driving a stolen vehicle. Wellington officers called off the pursuit, and Conway Springs police resumed the chase, ending just southeast of Clearwater at around 3 p.m.
With two passengers in the vehicle, Clearwater officers deployed stop sticks which flattened the vehicle’s back tire near 111th St. South and 119th St. West.
A multi-jurisdiction police chase came to an end in Port Huron early yesterday morning, resulting in a man’s arrest. According to the St. Clair County Sheriff’s office, a black Chevrolet Impala wanted by authorities in Sanilac County was spotted on 24th Avenue in Fort Gratiot Township shortly after midnight. A St. Clair County Sheriff’s deputy pursued the vehicle, with the driver of the vehicle ignoring the deputies’ lights and sirens. The suspect then attempted to enter the Blue Water Bridge where he turned around and fled westbound on I-94, traveling in the wrong direction for a short period of time.
SUMMIT COUNTY, Utah, Jan. 24, 2023 (Gephardt Daily) — A 19-year-old man was arrested Tuesday after leading police on a high-speed chase in Summit County and then taunting law enforcement following the pursuit.
Police say Ricardo Aguire topped 100 mph in cold and icy conditions on westbound Interstate 80 before stopping near Kimball Junction, then telling the arresting Utah Highway Patrol trooper: “It took you long enough to catch up.”
The pursuit began about 9:40 a.m. when a UHP trooper observed a black Nissan Versa traveling an estimated 90 mph on I-80 near Wanship, according to a probable cause statement filed in 3rd District Court.
Driver flees cops through bridge toll booth, has 3 tires flattened, ends up in Port Huron snow bank – Michigan
FORT GRATIOT TOWNSHIP, Mich. – A stalking suspect fleeing from St. Clair County police sped through an empty toll booth, had three of his four tires flattened by stop sticks, and eventually crashed into a patrol vehicle and a Port Huron snow bank.
Man flees stalking investigation scene
Deputies in Sanilac County issued a “be on the lookout” just after midnight Tuesday into Wednesday (Feb. 1) for a dark-colored Chevrolet Impala. The driver had fled officials who went to investigate a stalking complaint, they said.
MARION COUNTY, Fla. – Two Marion County teens were found with multiple guns in their car after fleeing from deputies during a traffic stop.
Around 1 a.m. on Wednesday, a deputy attempted to make a traffic stop on the car the two 16-year-olds were traveling in. The teens fled at a high rate of speed until deputies deployed stop sticks that flattened the car’s tires.
One of the teens attempted to run from deputies but was caught by a K-9.
Police news – Feb. 2 – Pennsylvania
LAMAR — A 42-year-old Elizabethtown man is facing aggravated assault and other charges after a high speed chase along Interstate 80 in Porter Township on Jan. 29, state police at Lamar said.
Police began the pursuit of a Honda Civic, driven by Joseph Fisher, along the roadway when Fisher failed to yeild to emergency lights and sirens, police said.
The pursuit spanned between mile marker 175 and mile marker 147, with Fisher allegedly ramming his vehicle into a police cruiser before continuing to flee, police said.
Unfiltered with Kiran – https://unfilteredwithkiran.com/officials-man-with-19000-worth-of-drugs-led-deputies-on-pursuit/
Agents with the Iberville Parish Sheriff’s Office Criminal Interdiction Unit initiated a traffic stop that led to a pursuit on I-10 into West Baton Rouge Parish on Jan. 31st.
The suspect, identified as Quentin Vezia, got off the interstate to avoid the spike strips that had been deployed by West Baton Rouge Sheriff’s Office.
High speed chase begins in Navasota, ends in Brenham with spike strips and arrest of two College Station men – Willy 1550 & 98.7 – Navasota – Texas
Two College Station men are facing numerous charges after taking Navasaota Police on a high speed chase through Grimes and Washington County.
Around midnight on Tuesday, NPD spotted a stolen Honda in the 700 block of West Virginia Street. As the car headed to FM 375, and officers tried a traffic stop, and it fled towards Highway 105.
Eventually, with assistance from Texas DPS, the suspects hit spike strips, and the chase ended at Highway 105 and Blue Bell Road.
South St. Paul man given time served for fleeing police near Pine Island with children in his vehicle – Minnesota
RED WING — A 28-year-old South St. Paul man was sentenced in Goodhue County District Court to 365 days in jail for fleeing police with two juveniles in his vehicle following a 2021 traffic stop near Pine Island.
Deandre Amaud Harrington appeared before District Judge Michael Wentzell Wednesday, Feb. 1, 2023, where he pleaded guilty to a gross misdemeanor charge of endangering a child in a situation that could cause harm or death as part of a plea deal that dismissed several other charges related to the incident, including felony fleeing a peace officer in a motor vehicle. Wentzell sentenced him in accordance with the plea deal.
A Missouri man pleaded guilty in federal court to the armed robbery of a T-Mobile store in Kansas City, Mo.
Derrick C. Davis, 22, of Lee’s Summit, pleaded guilty before U.S. District Judge Greg Kays to one count of robbery and one count of possessing a firearm in furtherance of a violent crime. Co-defendant Vondell D. Walton, 21, of Grandview, Mo., pleaded guilty on Dec. 6, 2021, to the armed robbery of a T-Mobile store in Raymore, Mo., and awaits sentencing.
ISP: Louisville man arrested after leaving the scene of accident, fleeing police – Indiana
LOUISVILLE, Ky. (WDRB) — A Louisville man was arrested Tuesday after he left the scene of a crash and led police on a pursuit, both in a vehicle and on foot, according to Indiana State Police.
Tyler L. Tweedy, 29, was arrested for crashing his car into a semi-truck and fleeing the scene. According to a news release, it all happened near mile marker 16 on I-65 near Memphis, Indiana.
WSBTV.com News Staff – https://news.yahoo.com/ga-man-arrested-leading-deputies-081700832.html
Bibb County Sheriff’s Office deputies arrested a Dry Branch, Georgia man after he led deputies on a chase.
Deputies did not release the name of the man pictured but they said he led deputies on a pursuit from an east Macon residence into Wilkinson County.
https://www.nbc15.com – https://www.nbc15.com/2023/01/31/18-year-old-arrested-after-allegedly-fleeing-portage-police/
MADISON, Wis. (WMTV) – Authorities arrested an 18-year-old after police say he allegedly led Columbia County authorities on a chase following a traffic stop.
The Portage Police Department stated that officers pulled over the suspect on New Pinery Road. The driver identified himself and police said they allegedly smelled marijuana. During the stop and while waiting for backup, an officer learned that the driver had previous charges of fleeing and eluding, operating a stolen vehicle and possession of a firearm.
Police chase after suspects who allegedly carjacked man, woman at Stanislaus County taco truck – California
https://www.nbc15.com – https://www.mercedsunstar.com/news/local/crime/article271902127.html
Three suspects accused of carjacking a male and female at gunpoint were arrested following a pursuit through various areas of Merced County on Tuesday, according to authorities. According to Stanislaus County Sheriff’s Office Sgt. Erich Layton, deputies responded at around midnight to a reported carjacking at a taco truck in the area of Yosemite Boulevard and South Santa Fe Drive in Empire.
Police pursuit of stolen vehicle near Clearwater ends with rollover crash, driver in custody – Kansas
CLEARWATER, Kan. (KSNW) — A 25-mile police pursuit of a stolen vehicle in southeast Kansas ended with a rollover crash and a man in custody Monday afternoon.
According to Clearwater Chief of Police Kirk Ives, the chase started around 3 p.m. in Wellington when Flock cameras picked up the license plate of a stolen SUV out of Wellington.
PORTAGE, Wis. — An 18-year-old man was arrested after police in Portage said he fled a traffic stop in the city and led law enforcement on a chase through part of Columbia County Monday afternoon.
In a news release, the Portage Police Department said an officer stopped the 18-year-old on New Pinery Road around 2:50 p.m. and smelled marijuana in the man’s vehicle. The officer then learned the man had a history of possessing a stolen gun, driving a stolen vehicle and fleeing and eluding law enforcement.
Pursuit and Arrest – Kansas
A Salina man is facing charges of domestic battery and kidnapping after allegedly punching his girlfriend.
Police Captain Paul Forrester tells KSAL News that 38-year-old Jason Lytle was arrested following a chase on Friday. Police say the charges link back to abusive behavior on three occasions in mid and late December.
Lytle reportedly punched the 23-year-old female victim in the face, and tried to strangle her during a couple of domestic disputes.
Woman arrested after chase through park – Wyoming
A woman was arrested Friday after fleeing from officers in Grand Teton National Park, leading them on a 24-mile high-speed chase that forced officers to deploy spike strips to deflate her tires.
The chase began at 11:08 a.m. Friday when a law enforcement ranger from the park attempted to make contact with Faleena Hopkins, 52, a Washington state resident, while she was parked in the road at Jackson Lake Junction.
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