03/13/2023 Stop Stick News: 26 Pursuit Stories From Around the world
March 13, 2023
By: Zach Madden
Category: Stop Stick News
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A Sharon Hill man was one of two arrested by Delaware State Police on methamphetamine trafficking charges.
Thomas Ponzo, 26, was taken into custody along with Khyree Dacoste, 32, Philadelphia, on Friday afternoon in the Clayton, Delaware, area.
Ponzo was charged with felony drug distribution charges, tampering with physical evidence and conspiracy, while Dacoste had the same charges along with disregarding a police officer signal.
Ponzo was committed to Howard R. Young Correctional Institution in Wilmington in lieu of $41,000 bond and Dacoste in lieu of $41,500.
Man gets 15 years in jail for 8 felonies and gross misdemeanor charges: Thefts, assaults, eluding police and quite the car chase – Washington
A Lakewood man was sentenced to 15 years in prison for eight felony charges and a gross misdemeanor committed in Thurston County last year and in Pierce County between 2020 and 2022.
The Thurston County Prosecuting Attorney’s Office said Robert Forgey pleaded guilty to second-degree assault with a law enforcement aggravator, first-degree malicious mischief, attempting to elude a pursuing police vehicle, hit and run, second-degree possessing stolen property, and two counts each of second-degree burglary and possession of a stolen motor vehicle.
Three of the felonies were committed in Thurston County in March 2022. Pierce County transferred the five other charges to Thurston County.
WFRV Local 5 – Green Bay, Appleton – https://www.wearegreenbay.com/news/local-news/spike-strips-deployed-after-i-41-pursuit-in-fond-du-lac-county-man-in-custody/
FOND DU LAC, Wis. (WFRV) – A 36-year-old was taken into custody after leading police officers on a high-speed pursuit in Fond du Lac County.
On Friday, March 10, 2023, at around 1:30 p.m., the City of Fond du Lac Police Department was sent to the 100 block of Welsh Street for a physical altercation involving a 36-year-old Oshkosh resident.
After arriving, the suspect allegedly verbally threatened to kill a person at that location before leaving in a vehicle.
Officers located the suspect vehicle and attempted to conduct a traffic stop in the area of West Johnson Street and North Main Street. After initiating the stop, the vehicle fled westbound on West Johnson Street.
FLAGLER COUNTY, Fla. — Flagler County deputies made arrests after a high-speed chase and crash Friday. Deputies said they were notified that a vehicle reported stolen was in Flagler County around 11 a.m.
When deputies attempted a traffic stop, the vehicle fled, according to the sheriff’s office. After stop sticks were deployed in the area of Matanzas Woods Parkway, the vehicle crashed and also caught on fire. Deputies said two dogs were left in the vehicle and one of them died in the fire.
According to the Flagler County Sheriff’s Office, two people who were in the vehicle, Emmitt Loges and Sarah Brooks, ran into the woods.
Both Brooks and Loges were later caught and arrested.
SEWARD, Neb. (KOLN) – Authorities in Seward County found a loaded handgun and more than 6.5 pounds of ecstasy in a Canadian man’s car.
On Saturday, a Seward County Sheriff’s deputy attempted to stop a Chevy Tahoe for numerous traffic violations. The person in the Tahoe failed to comply and fled westbound on Interstate 80 at a high rate of speed, deputies say.
The Nebraska State Patrol and the York County Sheriff’s Office were notified and assisted with the pursuit.
Reckless, Possibly Intoxicated Pursuit Driver Tries to Ram Sheriff’s SUV in Compton Standoff – California
A likely intoxicated driver who led a reckless pursuit, ramming sheriff’s vehicles and driving over spike strips, has been arrested after having been in a standoff with deputies at the end of a Compton dead-end street.
The pursuit began with the driver behind the wheel of a white pickup truck leading a chase after deputies observed reckless driving.
The driver kept slowing and starting the chase in the Compton area, near Rosecrans and N Wilmington avenues.
Officers responded after a silver Toyota sedan was allegedly stolen in Melbourne CBD just before 11pm. The car was fitted with a GPS tracker and Air Wing picked up the Toyota on the Monash Freeway. Ground units followed the sedan at a distance while Air Wing continued to follow overhead.
The stolen car pulled into a service station on Heatherton Road, Dandenong and Police attempted to intercept but the Toyota took off. Stop sticks were successfully deployed further along Heatherton Road. The offenders dumped the car in the middle of the road before fleeing on foot. Officers took chase and two youths were arrested.
Mar. 9—WINONA — A 37-year-old Winona man is facing a litany of charges after stealing a vehicle at gunpoint and consuming methamphetamine during a high-speed police pursuit, according to new charges filed in Winona County District Court.
Jonathan Marquist Payton is being held in the Winona County Jail on a $100,000 unconditional bail or bond on charges of first-degree aggravated robbery, second-degree assault, ineligible possession of a firearm, possessing a firearm with the serial number removed, unauthorized use of a motor vehicle and fleeing a peace officer in a motor vehicle, all felonies.
He’s also facing a gross misdemeanor charge for refusing to take a driving-while-impaired test. His next court appearance is scheduled for March 23, 2023.
According to the criminal complaint:
Dangerous chase nets big charges – Oklahoma
A dangerous and potentially deadly pursuit coming into Garvin County now has a Comanche man behind bars on four felony counts and a triple digit bond.
Multiple state troopers were right in the thick of a March 1 chase that resulted in the arrest of Justin Clark, 38.
A court document shows the Oklahoma Highway Patrol and other agencies were alerted about the pursuit first involving Velma police on the report in Duncan of a stolen trailer earlier in the day.
Just after noon the pursuit came from Stephens County as minutes later a trooper spotted a pickup and trailer traveling northbound on state Highway 76 in western Garvin County.
https://www.14news.com – https://www.14news.com/2023/03/09/police-2-people-lead-officers-high-speed-chase-hopkins-co/
MADISONVILLE, Ky. (WFIE) – Two people from Bremen are now in custody after police say they led officers on a high-speed chase on Wednesday.
According to the Madisonville Police Department, officers saw a suspected stolen car on Grapevine Road at around 11:50 a.m.
Police say 32-year-old Whitney Stobaugh began driving the car erratically, and then officers tried to stop her but she drove off.
Stop sticks were eventually used to end the pursuit around the 115-mile marker on Interstate 69, officials say.
According to police, a passenger with multiple warrants, identified as 36-year-old Anthony Curtis, ran from the car before eventually getting apprehended by officers.
POLICE: Man arrested after leading police on high-speed chase – North Carolina
GOLDSBORO, N.C. (WITN) – An Eastern Carolina man has been arrested on multiple charges after a police chase.
Goldsboro police say they saw a gray SUV on U.S. 70 East that they believed was connected to a Monday call about a car being driven by someone who didn’t have permission to be using it.
Police say Fuquan Banks was behind the wheel and that he had an active arrest warrant.
Officers say when they tried to pull over the vehicle a chase began that reached speeds over 100 miles per hour.
Police say the chase continued into Johnston County. With the help of the state troopers and Johnston County deputies, the chase ended after stop sticks disabled tires on the car on Buffalo Road in Selma.
The search for a wanted felon out of Tennessee ended in Warrick County when an Indiana State Police trooper spotted his car heading east on Interstate 64 from Illinois just after 11:00 Tuesday morning.
Troopers tried to stop the driver near State Road 65, but the car kept going.
Stop sticks were used to end the chase.
The car finally stopped just before the Boonville exit.
That’s when the driver then ran off into the woods. SWAT and air support were called in.
As stated in the Feb. meeting, Prosecuting Attorney David Ethredge said there is an Arkansas statute where the county has the ability to stop the construction of a landfill on property inside the county. The concern raised however, is this landfill already exists and would not be preventing the construction of a new one. Therefore the statute is not clear on how it would apply in this situation. Ethredge stated the county has the right to pass the ordinance, but anticipates litigation would arise once passed, but it should not stop the court from making the right decision for the county.In other business, the court heard a presentation from the Twin Lakes Literacy Council and AmeriCorp representative Tonya Jones, about the AmeriCorp program and how their volunteers serve to strengthen lives within the community. A resolution was passed recognizing the outstanding contribution and performance of the AmeriCorp organization and recognized March 12-18 would be set aside as AmeriCorps Week in Baxter County.
Man Shoots Sheriff’s Office – Missouri
The Source Weekly – Bend – https://www.bendsource.com/news/man-shoots-sheriffs-office-18776928
Nicholas Ryan Preston-Cooper allegedly fired a high-powered rifle at the Deschutes County Sheriff’s Office on Thursday, March 2 around 9 pm. Dispatchers received a call reporting an armed man fired a round into the building, but the suspect wasn’t found on the scene at the time. Investigators spoke with the person who reported the shooting, and were able to locate the suspect’s vehicle near Preston-Cooper’s residence in the Sunriver Business Park.
Driver in July box truck chase ordered to pay Casper over $100K, serve 4-9 years in prison – Wyoming
CASPER, Wyo. — The driver of the 2019 International Box Truck that rammed police vehicles and charged against traffic during a high-profile chase through Casper last summer was sentenced to four to nine years in state prison on Wednesday.
Eduardo Bonilla-Bravo, 30, pleaded guilty to two counts of aggravated assault and battery with a deadly weapon (the truck) and felony property destruction. Some Casper police officers involved sustained non-life-threatening injuries.
District Attorney Dan Itzen also asked that Bonilla-Bravo pay $107,746.12 to the City of Casper. Judge Dan Forgey imposed the restitution amount to the sentence.
Christian County Sheriff Brad Cole says he was notified about a chase involving the Taney County Sheriff’s Office on northbound U.S. 65 Tuesday morning. The Christian County Sheriff’s Office picked up the pursuit at the county line when deputies found the driver of the stolen GMC pickup and followed it. Sheriff Cole says his officers monitored the driver without their lights. Other deputies prepped U.S. 65 with spike strips.
The spike strips worked. After less than a mile, the sheriff’s office did something it calls a tactical vehicle intervention. The first technique they used they pinned the car against a guardrail, but the female driver gunned it and took off. That’s when the lieutenant comes across and does another tactical vehicle intervention hitting the car.
FOX 17 West Michigan News (WXMI) – https://www.fox17online.com/news/local-news/kent/kent-co-deputies-100-pieces-of-stolen-mail-recovered-2-in-custody
BYRON TOWNSHIP, Mich. — Two people are in custody after deputies recovered a large amount of stolen mail in Byron Township early Wednesday morning.
The Kent County Sheriff’s Office (KCSO) says they received word that a stolen Jeep from Kalamazoo was spotted in the Byron Township area before 1 a.m.
Deputies tried to conduct a traffic stop on the Jeep near the intersection at US-131 and 84th Street when the car took off, according to KCSO.
We’re told the Jeep came to a stop near Dorr after deputies nearby deployed spike strips.
Man arrested after leading officers on chase – Oklahoma
https://www.kxii.com – https://www.kxii.com/2023/03/07/man-arrested-after-leading-officers-chase/
BRYAN COUNTY, Okla. (KXII) – A man was arrested following a pursuit through part of southern Oklahoma.
Larontai Dixon reportedly led Madill Police on a chase after allegedly stealing from Walmart.
Officers followed him into Bryan County, where officers and state troopers were able to use a spike strip and a pit maneuver to bring him to a stop.
Girl, 17, faces charges after 100 mph chase – Virginia
A 17-year-old girl led law enforcement on a chase through the southwest portion of the county, at speeds over 100 mph, on Saturday, March 4.
While she faces a felony eluding charge, a magistrate declined to jail her.
More in a press release:
A young driver tried to avoid a simple traffic summons yesterday in Stafford County and now faces.
On March 4th at 8:37 p.m. Deputy S.C. Martin observed an Infiniti G37 traveling westbound at 75 mph in the posted 55 mph zone of Kings Highway near Hollywood Farm Road. The driver of the Infiniti switched her lights off as Deputy Martin activated his emergency lights to conduct a traffic stop.
The suspect initiated a pursuit, reaching over 114 mph in her effort to avoid a summons. First Sergeant D.W. Fetterolf was in the area and was able to deploy a spike strip to deflate two of the tires on the Infiniti as the driver sped westbound.
LIVINGSTON COUNTY — The Livingston County Sheriff’s Office helped the Missouri State Highway Patrol with a pursuit that ended with an Illinois man’s arrest last week.
Sheriff Steve Cox says the vehicle was traveling at approximately 117 mph on U.S. 36. near Wheeling. Spike strips were successfully deployed west of Chillicothe and at that time the suspect, identified as Tyler J. Tadlock, 25, of Bethany, Ill., fled on foot with his pit bull.
The sheriff’s office, Chillicothe police and a K-9 took Tadlock into custody. He was booked at the Caldwell County Detention Center for possession of a controlled substance and resisting arrest.
Deputies arrest man in alleged carjacking, chase – Minnesota
Winona County Sheriff’s deputies arrested a Winona man after he allegedly hijacked at gunpoint motorists who had stopped to help him on Monday morning near Altura. The man reportedly led police on a chase before they disabled the stolen vehicle with spike strips near highways 61 and 14 in Winona.
Deputies received the call at 11:20 a.m. on Monday. The alleged victims told deputies they had stopped to assist Jonathan Marquist Payton, 37, on Bear Creek Drive just east of Altura when he allegedly pointed a gun at them and took their pickup truck, according to the report. Responding deputies said the Marquis allegedly fled from them, speeding in the truck, before stop sticks deflated three of the vehicle’s tires and he was arrested. Deputies also reported finding a Glock pistol with the serial number scratched off at the site of the alleged carjacking on Bear Creek Drive.
Two County High Speed Chase Ends Near Selma – South Carolina
Law enforcement officers from two counties pursued a suspect who reportedly failed to pull over for a traffic stop.
Shortly before 3:00 am Tuesday, Goldsboro Police were investigating an unauthorized use of a motor vehicle call. Police were told that Fuquan Banks took a vehicle without the owner’s permission. Banks had outstanding warrants for his arrest and had reportedly cut off his ankle monitoring device.
A Villager was apprehended after trying to outrun police in a chase that reached 85 miles per hour.
Karen Kramer, 61, of the Village of Calumet Grove, was in a vehicle with the headlights off at about 1:45 a.m. Sunday at the Home Depot, according to an arrest report from the Lady Lake Police Department.
When a police squad car approached Kramer’s vehicle, she pulled onto U.S. Hwy. 27/441 and ran a red light at its intersection with Rolling Acres Road.
STAFFORD COUNTY, VA — A 17-year-old girl faces charges after authorities said she fled from police and crashed her car after a chase in Stafford County on Saturday.
The girl was not seriously injured in the crash. She is charged with felony eluding, reckless driving, and driving without a license.
The Stafford County Sheriff’s Office has not identified the girl by name due to a Virginia law that protects the identities of minors. Authorities released the girl to her parents after the crash.
Orlando, Florida – United States District Judge Roy B. Dalton, Jr. has sentenced Carlos Tawan Reed, Jr. (23, Orlando) to four years and three months in federal prison for bank burglary and bank theft in connection with the destruction of an ATM machine. Reed had pleaded guilty on November 28, 2022.
According to court records, Reed helped two other individuals wrap a chain around an ATM machine at a Chase Bank on Colonial Drive in Orlando. Using a stolen F-250 truck, the men then destroyed the casing of the ATM and stole the cash boxes inside, containing $116,650. The three individuals fled in a Mercedes rental car driven by Reed. Deputies from the Orange County Sheriff’s Office pursued the burglars on the ground and in the air. Reed failed to stop and led police on a high-speed chase, which ended when deputies deployed spike strips and disabled the car. All three men then attempted to flee on foot but were quickly apprehended. Inside the Mercedes, police recovered all of the stolen money.
MINNEAPOLIS – A Minneapolis man has been charged in a criminal complaint for an armed carjacking spree and illegal possession of a firearm, announced U.S. Attorney Andrew M. Luger.
“Let this be a lesson that we will not tolerate violent felons that prey on our community, especially those who endanger the police officers who courageously place their lives on the line in the protection of others,” said Minneapolis Police Chief Brian O’Hara. “I am thankful for the dozens of officers from multiple agencies who responded to swiftly bring this person to justice before he could cause any more harm in our community.”
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