11/06/2023 Stop Stick News: 30 Stop Stick Deployments from Across the Country – Armed Robbery Gangs, Fleeing 18-Wheelers, DUI Driver with Kids, & More
November 6, 2023
By: Zach Madden
Category: Stop Stick News
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Harold Spencer, a 33-year-old Virginia Beach man, was hit with a 42-year prison sentence for his role in a Hampton Roads armed robbery spree. The U.S. Attorney’s Office for the Eastern District of Virginia (EDVA) describes Spencer as a Bloods gang member and the leader of a five-man armed robbery crew responsible for at least six armed robberies. According to court documents, the crew was brought down after an attempted robbery at a Tiger Mart gas station on March 18, 2022.
Laying out the evidence
During that March 18 incident, Spencer led Virginia Beach Police on a high-speed chase. One piece of evidence the U.S. Attorney’s Office cited was dash cam footage from a police cruiser that showed the men throwing loaded guns out of the vehicle.
After several attempts with spike strips, police were finally able to apprehend the men. EDVA prosecutors noted that ski masks and gloves were recovered. And, the clothes the men were wearing provided more evidence as it matched clothing shown in surveillance video from six prior armed robberies, EDVA pointed out.
During one of the armed robberies where Spencer reportedly shot at and nearly killed a customer, he took a selfie, EDVA prosecutors noted. In that photo, he was wearing a ski mask that was worn in six robberies. That ski mask was recovered after the high-speed pursuit and Spencer’s DNA was found in it.
The Montgomery County Sheriff’s Office said the chase started when the Patton Village Police Department received a call about an 18-wheeler driving erratically.
HOUSTON — A driver has been taken into custody after leading law enforcement on a chase in an 18-wheeler in the Houston area Saturday afternoon, according to the Fort Bend County Pct. 1 Constable’s Office.
The driver, identified as Christopher John Lubowski, 51, of Ormond Beach, Florida, was arrested on charges of felony evading and possession of a controlled substance, according to the Roman Forest Police Department. He is being held at the Montgomery County Jail.
The Montgomery County Sheriff’s Office said the chase started around 1:45 p.m. when the Patton Village Police Department received a call about an 18-wheeler driving erratically. It lasted about two hours.
MCSO said the chase started there, passed through Harris County and continued into Fort Bend County. They said HPD, Texas DPS and other agencies assisted in the chase.
JACKSONVILLE, Fla. — Deputies in Baker County ended a multi-county vehicle chase that began in Jacksonville on Fri., Nov. 3.
The pursuit began when the suspect, Bobby Gene Clemons, carjacked a vehicle in downtown Jacksonville. Clemons fled from police, driving recklessly out of the county. He led the chase on Interstate 10 and crossed over into Columbia County.
After some time, the Columbia County Sheriff’s Office was able to flatten the vehicle’s tires with stop sticks. The suspect turned off onto US Highway 441. With the car’s tires blown out, Baker County deputies successfully stopped the vehicle using a PIT (precision immobilization technique) maneuver.
Clemons, who was arrested, is wanted in several other counties for similar offenses. He now faces numerous charges in Baker County.
BCSO said no deputies or officers were injured during the chase, and Sheriff Scotty Rhoden is grateful for the assistance of JSO and CCSO during the pursuit.
Deputies use stop sticks to arrest DUI driver -Washington
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Pierce County deputies say they successfully stopped a DUI driver using stop sticks.
Man accused of stealing van from downtown Jacksonville McDonald’s, leading authorities on chase to Columbia County – Florida
JACKSONVILLE, Fla. – A carjacking suspect was arrested Friday after he stole an electrical contractor’s van in downtown Jacksonville and led authorities on a multi-county chase, according to law enforcement.
The Columbia County Sheriff’s Office said the man stole the van from a McDonald’s restaurant on East State Street downtown and the Jacksonville Sheriff’s Office started to chase him.
The Baker County Sheriff’s Office joined the chase as it went west on Interstate 10.
CCSO eventually put down spike strips in front of the van and the suspect drove over them but kept going with flat tires onto Highway 441 north in Columbia County.
Ryan David Anderson, 41, of Bremerton, has been charged with theft of two motor vehicles, attempting to elude a police unit in pursuit and 10 counts of second degree theft in Superior Court.
According to Jefferson County Sheriff’s Officer (JCSO) Art Frank’s probable cause statement, on August 25 a chase began with two JCSO patrol units in pursuit of Anderson, and that the 2014 Toyota Scion was being driven at high speeds, recklessly and was the reason for several units to be covering the area in the chase.
Frank’s wrote that at one point Anderson had slowed the Scion to about 10 mph and came to a full stop to decide where to go, taking a moment to roll down his window and look at the deputy. Frank yelled at him multiple times to stop fleeing, but Anderson continued off and soon drove over a spike strip and into a ditch, disabling the vehicle.
https://www.wcjb.com – https://www.wcjb.com/2023/11/03/carjacking-suspect-jacksonville-stopped-columbia-county/
LAKE CITY, Fla. (WCJB) – A high-speed chase ended in Columbia County on Friday afternoon after authorities chased a man from Jacksonville.
Columbia County Sheriff’s deputies assisted Baker County and Jacksonville sheriff’s deputies as they pursued a carjacking suspect on U.S. 441 North, just north of Interstate 10.
Columbia County deputies successfully deployed spike strips and a Baker County deputy used a pit maneuver to bring the stolen vehicle to a stop.
No injuries were reported.
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WICHITA FALLS, Texas (KAUZ) – For our Crime of the Week we are revisiting the pursuit and arrest of two men on Maurine Street.
Two men are behind bars after police say they led officers on a pursuit down Maurine Street and through surrounding neighborhoods. The men were finally arrested after police used spike strips in order to get the driver to stop.
According to police, once the pair was in custody more than a thousand grams of methamphetamine were found to be in their possession, and with that much weight, police say, the drugs were clearly destined for the streets.
“On October 13 officers with our special operations unit tried to stop a vehicle,” WFPD Sgt. Charlie Eipper said.
Suspect wanted in Wisconsin leads authorities on 1-15 pursuit from Arizona to Washington County – California
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The red line on the map shows the north-by-northeast trek of a suspect who led authorities on a high-speed chase on Interstate15, Oct. 21, 2023 | Image courtesy of the Bureau of Land Management, St. George News
ST. GEORGE — A report of illegal camping led to a pursuit that started in Arizona and ultimately ended in an arrest on Interstate 15 in Washington County Tuesday afternoon.
The incident began shortly after noon when a Bureau of Land Management ranger responded to a desolate area along the Arizona strip on a report of someone camping in the area.
The ranger told the suspect, who was wanted on a felony warrant issued out of Milwaukee, Wisconsin, he needed to leave. During the call, a background check indicated the man had an active warrant for his arrest. When confronted about the warrant, the suspect got into the vehicle and fled the area, with the federal agent in tow.
Man arrested after 45-mile chase ends in Sacramento – California
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YUBA COUNTY – A Sacramento man was arrested after a high-speed chase starting in Linda ended with the Sacramento Police Department using a canine to detain the suspect, according to the Yuba County Sheriff’s Office.
Early Thursday morning, at about 1:20 a.m., deputies responded to a home on Swaisy Drive in Linda after a burglary report. Deputies said the victim said her ex-boyfriend broke the glass on the back door to enter the home.
When deputies arrived, the suspect, 52-year-old Tawn Saephan, was gone. As sheriff’s deputies continued the investigation, the victim pointed out the suspect’s vehicle.
Two teenagers have been charged after an extended follow in Point Cook last month.
Police allege the pair were travelling in a stolen vehicle on Grassbird Drive about 12.20pm on 31 October.
Officers successfully deployed stop sticks and the offenders fled the vehicle.
They were arrested a short time later near a creek on Mill Pond Drive.
A 14-year-old Tarneit boy has been charged with theft of motor-vehicle and deal property suspected proceeds of crime.
He will face a children’s court at a later date.
A 19-year-old Wyndham Vale man has been charged with theft of motor vehicle, fail to stop, driving unsupervised, knowingly deal with proceeds of crime and fail to answer bail.
CASS COUNTY, Mo. (KCTV) – A man is in custody following a stolen vehicle pursuit in Cass County Wednesday night.
The Cass County Sheriff’s Office said deputies attempted to stop a vehicle in the area of northbound I-49 just north of 291 Highway in Harrisonville at approximately 8 p.m. Wednesday.
Instead of stopping, the vehicle with an unsecured Kansas plate hanging over top an expired Missouri license plate continued northbound on I-49.
Police said stop sticks were deployed and — after the driver eventually began to lose its tires — the Cass County Sheriff’s Office deployed the Grappler to bring the vehicle to a stop just north of Peculiar.
A slow-speed pursuit in Simi Valley early Wednesday morning ended with a collision with a patrol car and an arrest, police said.
The chase started at about 3:56 a.m. when an officer tried to stop a vehicle traveling near the intersection of Tapo Street and Eve Road. Simi police said the motorist refused to pull over and drove on.
Officers followed the motorist through the residential area. He turned onto Alamo Street and proceeded to Yosemite Avenue. The vehicle collided with a patrol car being used by an officer setting up a spike strip at a ramp onto State Highway 118.
The collision ended a chase that lasted only a few minutes. No one was injured.
Police said the suspect, a 23-year-old man from Northridge, left his vehicle and became confrontational but was taken into custody without incident. He was booked at Ventura County Jail on suspicion of driving under the influence and evading police.
Two juveniles were taken into custody after a police chase that started in Riverside ended in Dayton early Wednesday morning.
Police were chasing a 2011 Hyundai Sonata that was stolen off of Golden Meadows Ct., according to a spokesperson for the Riverside Police Department.
Body camera footage obtained by News Center 7 shows officers from Dayton and Riverside chasing the car throughout neighborhoods and streets.
The chase ends when stop sticks, deployed by Dayton police, disabled the car in the 1700 block of Woodman Drive.
Two juveniles get out of the car and start running from police as the car, still in drive, continues to move forward until it hits a curb.
An officer catches up to the juvenile driver and handcuffs him.
The second juvenile was taken into custody as well, according to a spokesperson for Riverside Police Department.
AMARILLO, Texas (KVII) — A DWI suspect is accused of leading state troopers on a chase in Amarillo.
Around 3:30 p.m., DPS tried to stop a car on Loop 335 at Saint Francis Avenue for speeding.
The driver refused to stop.
The chase ended near Loop 335 and SW. 9th Ave when police used spike strips to flatten the tires on the Toyota Camry.
Dylan Casarez, 28, of Amarillo was arrested for DWI and evading arrest.
Man charged after high-speed chase – Florida
INDIAN RIVER COUNTY — A 28-year-old man was jailed after leading deputies on a chase exceeding 100 mph earlier this week, records show. The man drove toward a deputy attempting to toss stop sticks on the roadway, officials said.
Edward Tylor Gaban, of Fort Pierce, was charged with fleeing and eluding, aggravated assault on an officer, violation of probation and driving under the influence. Gaban was held Tuesday at the Indian River County Jail without bond.
Indian River County patrol deputies spotted Gaban driving a white BMW overnight on eastbound State Road 60 near 58th Avenue. Gaban accelerated in speed and began swerving, nearly striking the curb several times, reports show.
Deputies activated their emergency lights to attempt a traffic stop. Gaban sped into the parking lots of several businesses at high speed before traveling back onto 58th Avenue, reports show.
“The vehicle accelerated to speeds over 100 mph in a 45-mph zone swerving past vehicles,” deputies said in the arrest report.
A 24-year-old Hesston man has been charged after he allegedly led police on a high-speed chase with two young children in his vehicle.
According to a probable-cause affidavit, at about 9 p.m. Monday Kirklyn Strauser began the pursuit after being spotted by police in Walker Township, Huntingdon County.
Strauser’s license was suspended and he was wanted on a warrant for a burglary in the county.
According to the affidavit, during the pursuit Strauser drove his Chevrolet Avalanche through a private yard, drove at speeds of up to 100 mph and drove without headlights on.
The vehicle was stopped after police deployed a spike strip on state Route 26.
After being stopped, Strauser allegedly resisted arrest, according to the affidavit.
During the pursuit, Strauser had a woman, a 2-year-old child and a 6-month-old infant in his truck, according to the affidavit.
Driver crashes in police pursuit – Australia
A driver fleeing police across several suburbs has crashed into another vehicle in Lynbrook on Wednesday 1 November.
The 34-year-old Hampton Park man was arrested at the scene of the crash on South Gippsland Highway in the early morning and later taken to hospital.
The driver of the other car, a 30-year-old Narre Warren South woman, was taken to hospital with non-life-threatening injuries.
Police had spotted a grey Jeep SUV wagon travelling at allegedly excessive speed on Monash Freeway about 4.40am.
The SUV was followed by police cars and the Air Wing until it briefly stopped in Hampton Park.
The man allegedly tried to open a home garage door in Aylesbury Court before he got back in the SUV and collided with a police vehicle.
WICHITA FALLS, Texas (KAUZ) – The Wichita Falls Police Department arrested two men yesterday, Oct. 30, after a short pursuit from Maurine Street into nearby residential neighborhoods.
The two men, 45-year-old driver Nicholas Darcus and 35-year-old passenger Dmetrius Brooks, were arrested for manufacturing or delivery of a controlled substance, evading arrest, and tampering with evidence.
Each suspect had a previous conviction for evading arrest, and Brooks received an additional charge for resisting, according to police documents.
According to the probable cause affidavits, a patrolling officer noticed a car traveling northbound on US 287 and ran its plates through the Mobile Data Terminal. The results returned a vehicle with no insurance record for the past 45 days, which is illegal under Texas law.
The officer initiated a traffic stop, and the car exited the freeway onto Maurine St. However, instead of stopping, the driver accelerated and began to evade police, entering a residential neighborhood.
The Sac City Police Department has released additional details from a high-speed, multi-county pursuit several weeks ago. According to law enforcement, the pursuit began at approximately 10:35 p.m. on Saturday, Oct. 14, in Sac City. An officer attempted to perform a routine traffic stop on a vehicle for driving erratically, but the driver, identified as 36-year-old Troy James Holicky of Manson, refused to yield. The pursuit proceeded out of town towards Lake City and reached speeds over 102 mph. The chase entered Calhoun County, and an assisting officer from the Lake City Police Department deployed stop sticks, deflating a rear tire.
Berkeley Co. deputies arrest man after high-speed chase and alleged street racing incident– South Carolina
BERKELEY COUNTY, S.C. (WCIV) — The Berkeley County Sheriff’s Office announced Tuesday the arrest of a man who deputies say led them on a chase in the Ridgeville area.
Austin Michael Kirkham, 24, was arrested and charged with reckless driving, failure to stop for blue lights and sirens, and operating an uninsured motor vehicle.
Kirkham also was issued a citation for not having a vehicle license display.
A deputy responded to the area of Autonomous Drive in reference to a group of vehicles allegedly racing in the area.
ADDIS, La. (WAFB) – After an Addis Police Officer crashed into high schoolers Maggie Dunn and Caroline Gill during a police chase last New Year’s Eve, the department is making changes. Assistant Police Chief Jason Langlois said all of the department’s 16 officers are now equipped with stop sticks to help slow down or stop any police pursuits. They’re also adding dual-tone sirens and rumblers on all their units.
“These actually emit a bass tone so you can feel it in case they have the radio too loud or something so people start looking around and can clear an intersection or something when an emergency vehicle comes through,” said Langlois.
Fugitive apprehended near Menlo – Washington
Aksel Strom, 26, of Port Orchard, was arrested by Pacific County Sheriff’s deputies on Friday night, October 27. Strom is one of two men wanted in a homicide investigation that took place near Poulsbo on October 3.
Strom and another man, Caleb Ray Sloan, 29, of Bremerton, were charged with second-degree murder and first-degree burglary after a 38-year-old man was shot in a home and died of the resulting injuries.
Warrants were issued for their arrests.
A bulletin went out to local law enforcement agencies looking for an early 2000s gold Subaru wagon. The vehicle had been seen heading east on hwy 6 from the roundabout in Raymond with a male driver and a female passenger. Both were considered armed and dangerous.
COVINGTON, Tenn. – Law officers’ pursuit of a driver that crossed several West Tennessee counties ended near Covington, Tipton County Sheriff’s Office said.
Deputies first started chasing the car in Lake County on Oct. 30 before midnight.
The pursuit continued south through Dyer and Lauderdale counties before coming to a stop in Tipton County, just north of Covington, according to Tipton County Sheriff Shannon Beasley.
The car was forced to stop after its tires rolled over spike strips put down by deputies, officers reported.
No other information was released.
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The San Mateo County Sheriff’s Office arrested four people early Monday morning after a car chase led to a lockdown at Peninsula Hospital in Burlingame.
Officials said the incident began just before 3 a.m. when law enforcement was informed about a stolen Jeep that may have been connected to a series of auto burglaries.
Deputies were able to quickly find the vehicle after license plate readers in Millbrae spotted the Jeep entering city limits around 3:40 a.m. The driver of the Jeep then tried to flee and had three of the vehicle’s tires popped by spike strips.
The driver continued to flee but stopped near the entrance of the Peninsula Hospital after the tires fell off the rims. Deputies immediately arrested two people while the others ran toward a nearby parking structure, prompting a lockdown.
They were soon arrested as San Bruno police used a drone to find the remaining suspects.
COFFEE COUNTY, Ala (WDHN)— A Madison County man was arrested in Coffee County after a nearly hour-long high-speed chase around Enterprise.
At around 12:30 p.m. Monday, Enterprise Police received reports of a Chevrolet truck being stolen from a McDonald’s parking lot.
According to Coffee County Sheriff Scott Byrd, when responding officers spotted the truck, a chase ensued around the City of Progress that lasted nearly 30 minutes and continued out of the city on Highway 167 northbound.
Sheriff Byrd says the suspect, identified as 28-year-old Courtney Darnell Akins of Harvest, Alabama, turned around on the highway and drove directly into the crowd of pursuing law enforcement, which was comprised of Dale and Coffee County Deputies, Enterprise Police, Alabama State Troopers, and an agent with the State Bureau of Investigation. Sheriff Byrd and Dale County Sheriff Mason Bynum were bringing up the group’s rear.
Two teens were apprehended by the police following an extended pursuit in Point Cook on Tuesday, October 31st.
Subsequently, the suspects abandoned the vehicle and attempted to escape on foot, making their way towards a nearby creek. They were apprehended shortly afterward.
A 14-year-old teenager from Tarneit and a 19-year-old man from Wyndham Vale are currently cooperating with the police as part of their ongoing investigation. Individuals who may have witnessed the incident or possess information relevant to the case are encouraged to contact Crime Stoppers on 1800 333 000 or submit a confidential report online at www.crimestoppersvic.com.au
SAN ANGELO, Texas — A 20-year-old woman is in the Tom Green County Jail after she led San Angelo Police on a chase Saturday.
According to the San Angelo Police Department, Jessica Brownrigg was arrested after leading officers on a vehicle pursuit in the southside of San Angelo. Brownrigg is facing multiple charges in connection to the incident.
It happened when an SAPD patrol officer initiated a traffic stop on Brownrigg’s vehicle near the intersection of Washington Avenue and West Avenue D. Brownrigg initially complied with the traffic stop, but then took off before the officer could conclude the stop.
Brownrigg proceeded to evade officers and at one point, was seen driving the wrong way on South Koenigheim Street. Officers were able to get in front of the pursuit and successfully deploy “stops sticks” on Brownrigg’s vehicle in the 4000 block of South Bryant Boulevard. All of her tires were successfully deflated and she eventually stopped in the 1500 block of West Loop 306.
Police: DUII suspect driving over 100 mph on I-205 south leads officers on chase in Portland – Oregon
PORTLAND, Ore. — Police arrested three people who ran from a car after a chase along Interstate 205 that reached speeds of over 100 mph.
The police chase started in the Vancouver area, but the Clark County Sheriff’s Office called off the chase along I-205 southbound when the driver crossed the Glenn Jackson Bridge into Portland.
At about 1 a.m. Monday, Portland Police officers picked up the pursuit after getting reports of a reckless driver speeding at more than 100 mph on the interstate.
The driver eventually exited I-205 and started driving on the surface streets. Police tried to use “stop sticks” on the car, but the driver kept going and reportedly almost hit an officer.
Police used a PIT maneuver to stop the driver when he hit an unoccupied parked pickup truck near Southeast 112th Avenue and Bush Stree
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