Stop Stick New Year New News: Border Checkpoint Blow off, Main Murder Suspect Caught, Multiple Stand-off’s, and a Luxury Car Theft Ring.

January 2, 2024

By: Zach Madden

Category: Stop Stick News

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by Mark Anthon Minnesota

by Mark Anthony

(Grand Portage, MN)–A man is in custody after refusing to stop at a border checkpoint in northern Minnesota.  U.S. Customs and Border Protection called Cook County dispatch on Monday after the driver refused to stop at the Grand Portage Port of Entry.  Minnesota State Patrol troopers successfully deployed stop sticks east of Grand Marais, leading to the arrest of the 31-year-old driver.

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Arkansas lawmen capture suspect in Maine murder Arkansas

Magnolia Reporter – Magnolia, Arkansas –

A Boone County deputy sheriff shot and wounded early Sunday the suspect in a Waterville, Maine homicide that happened Wednesday.

According to a statement from the Arkansas State Police, at approximately 12:58 a.m., the Boone County Sheriff’s Office in Harrison requested ASP assistance with an officer-involved shooting in Bellefonte.

Flippin Police officers responded earlier to a suspicious vehicle call, where they found Spridal P. Hubiak, 20, of Waterville, asleep in his car. After identifying Hubiak, who goes by the nickname “Spiral,” police were advised that he was wanted in Maine for a homicide.

Police attempted to arrest Hubiak, who fled the scene.

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Barricaded DUII Suspect Arrested After StandoffOregon –

On Saturday, December 30, 2023, at about 5:17 A.M., a Lake Oswego police officer tried to stop a vehicle for traffic violations on Country Club Road at Heathrow Lane. The driver continued to drive at or below the speed limit west on Country Club Road, failing to stop for the officer’s emergency overhead lights and siren.

Other officers were clearing from another call in the area and were able to set up spike strips in the path of the vehicle to deflate one or more tires to hopefully force the vehicle to stop or prevent the vehicle from driving at excessive speeds. The spikes deflated a tire and the vehicle continued to drive for a short time before stopping at a red light on Boones Ferry Road at Oakridge Road. Officers quickly pinned the vehicle in place to prevent it from driving further, and they started giving commands to the driver to exit the vehicle.

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Spike Strips Used To End Amador County Chase California –

Plymouth, CA – A Fiddletown man was arrested after leading Amador County Sheriff’s deputies on a chase in the Plymouth area.

The pursuit began on Wednesday (12/27) just before 3 p.m. when a deputy patrolling the area of Fiddletown Road and Shenandoah Road in Plymouth recognized 30-year-old David Joseph behind the wheel of a Dodge Ram pickup truck. Knowing that Joseph was under active post-release community supervision and had numerous warrants for his arrest, the deputy tried to pull the truck over; instead, Joseph hit the gas.

The low-speed chase ended when, to avoid spike strips near the intersection of Zinfandel Parkway and Highway 49, Joseph pulled over. He was taken into custody without incident. A search of the pickup uncovered a loaded Springfield XD handgun.  Joseph now faces not only his warrants but numerous fresh charges related to evading and a precluded person having a firearm.



Washington County pursuit, 2 men arrested, spike strips deployed – Wisconsin

FOX6 News Milwaukee –

WASHINGTON COUNTY, Wis. – Two men were arrested on Saturday, Dec. 30, following a pursuit in Washington County that ended with the deployment of spike strips.

According to the Washington County Sheriff’s Office, just before 1 a.m., a sheriff’s deputy saw a blue Dodge Charger on I-41 northbound near Pioneer Road. The deputy was about to conduct a traffic stop on the operator for multiple equipment violations and a moving violation of unsafe lane deviation, when he recognized the vehicle from a previous eluding incident.

On Mar. 19, 2023, another deputy attempted to stop the same vehicle for similar violations when the driver fled at speeds of more than 130 mph. The driver was never identified after the pursuit was terminated.

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Police chase results in arrest – Oregon

by Posted By: davidfoster –

Police said they were alerted to the stolen car entering town on Christmas Eve through a “FLOCK LPR system”, which reads plates.

SOUTHINGTON, Conn. — On Christmas Eve in Southington, police stopped a stolen car with four suspects inside as they headed into town using technology and tactics. Those tools include their FLOCK LPR system, and Southington PD’s K9 ‘Tank.’

“In this case, the dog is the greatest asset because they do have the ability to pick up on the scent of the suspect. And in this case, they had just fled the area,” said Lt. Keith Egan with the Southington Police Department.

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K-9 ‘Tango’ helps Forest Park police apprehend teen suspect in wild police chaseOhio


COPPERAS COVE, Texas — A vehicle pursuit in Central Texas came to an end on Dec. 26 after Texas Department of Public Safety (DPS) troopers used a PIT maneuver to stop the vehicle, said DPS.

According to DPS, a trooper working stationary radar on IH-14 in Killeen observed a Lincoln Sedan traveling westbound at a high rate of speed around 11:46 p.m.

DPS reported the vehicle was confirmed to be going 121 miles per hour in a 60 mph zone.
The trooper tried to get the vehicle to stop, said DPS, but the driver failed to yield and continued to travel westbound.

When the Lincoln entered the Copperas Cove city limits, Copperas Cove police reportedly deployed stop sticks, which DPS stated were “effective”.

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Homicide suspect arrested after firing shots at officers during 4-hour standoff in Southeast Portland Oregon  –

The suspect, Jessie Garza III, faces multiple charges, including first-degree murder, for the Dec. 14 shooting of Richard Newman.

PORTLAND, Ore. — A suspect wanted for the Dec. 14 killing of a 58-year-old man was arrested early Friday morning after shooting at police officers in the Centennial neighborhood of Southeast Portland, according to authorities.

A four-hour standoff between the suspect, 30-year-old Jessie Garza III, and police prompted a shelter-in-place alert for residents in the area on Thursday night that was rescinded after his arrest.

No officers were injured, the Portland Police Bureau (PPB) reported.

Garza was booked into the Multnomah County Detention Center on a warrant for first-degree murder with a firearm, coercion with a firearm, two counts of first-degree burglary with a firearm, felon in possession of a firearm, and two counts of unlawful use of a weapon. Those charges are related to the Dec. 14 homicide of Richard Newman in Southeast Portland. Garza also faces charges of attempted murder and unlawful use of a weapon for shooting at officers on Thursday night.

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Man arrested after shots fired near Arnold Palmer Regional Airport, prompting multi-county chase – Pennsylvania


LATROBE, Pa. — A Lancaster man is behind bars, accused of firing a shotgun several times into a box truck at the Arnold Palmer Regional Airport in Latrobe and leading police on a chase across Westmoreland County and into Indiana County on Friday.

Tyler Mieczkowski, 22, is now being held at the Westmoreland County Jail after being denied bail.

“On today’s date, around 1:40, there was a box truck that was exiting the airport. Upon exiting, shots were fired into the windshield of the vehicle,” said Captain Jeff Shearer, with Westmoreland County Park Police.

According to Shearer, the driver, who was at the airport to make a delivery, was not hurt.

Officers immediately notified State Police and surrounding agencies that the suspect, now identified as Mieczkowski, took off in a dark-colored Dodge Charger.

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Kenosha County police chase; Illinois man arrested, squad rammed  Wisconsin

FOX6 News Milwaukee –

A 31-year-old Illinois man was taken into custody after leading police on a pursuit through Kenosha County and Lake County, Illinois.

KENOSHA COUNTY, Wis. – A 31-year-old Illinois man has been taken into custody after leading police on a pursuit through Kenosha County and Lake County, Illinois early Friday, Dec. 29.

According to the Kenosha Police Department, the pursuit began around 3:20 a.m. Friday after an officer attempted to stop a vehicle for a traffic violation near 52nd Street and Green Bay Road. The driver shut off his lights and fled.

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Vancouver man recklessly driving BMW stopped with spike strips – Oregon –

ASTORIA Ore. (KPTV) – Deputies stopped a reckless driver with tire spike strips early Friday morning, according to the Washington County Sheriff’s Office.

Police said the driver took off in their silver 2004 BMW after officers tried to pull them over for a traffic stop in Astoria.

Police said the driver headed toward Warrenton, where Warrenton police officers clocked the car driving recklessly at 120 mph.

The BMW was last seen heading east on Highway 26 south of Seaside.

Washington County deputies spotted the car driving near Highway 26 and Highway 47 and got behind the car but the driver sped off.

Deputies then got in front of the speeding BMW and successfully used spike strips to slow it down.

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Houston wrong-way driver stopped on I-10 Katy Freeway – Texas

Wrong-way driver caught on Houston highway

Houston police and Harris County Precinct 5 deputy constables stopped a driver who was traveling the wrong-way on the I-10 Katy Freeway

HOUSTON – A driver was caught on camera going the wrong way on a Houston highway early Friday morning.

Authorities say the driver of a red Honda CRV was spotted going the wrong way just before 2:30 a.m. on the Katy Freeway near Washington Avenue.

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Police: Three teens arrested in Nashville; stolen luxury cars, guns, key fobs recovered Tennessee


NASHVILLE, Tenn. (WZTV) — The Metro Nashville Police Department (MNPD) arrested three teens after recovering guns, stolen vehicles and more than a dozen key fobs.

According to Metro Police, six guns, at least one of them stolen, two high-end stolen vehicles and 19 key fobs were recovered Wednesday night in an investigation that involved aerial monitoring of one of the stolen vehicles as it traveled at 130 mph on the interstate and 100 mph on Bell Road.

Police report the case started around 3 p.m. Wednesday, when the owner of a $70,000 Mercedes SUV reported that her vehicle was stolen as she walked her dogs in Centennial Park, the keys were left inside. Detectives used information from Mercedes to electronically locate the vehicle.

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Hawthorne Man Jailed for Assault on Officer, Vehicle Theft, and Drug Charges Florida


GAINESVILLE ‒ A 37-year-old Hawthorne man was arrested on Sunday, Dec. 10, at approximately 10:49 p.m. after he allegedly tried to hit an officer with a stolen car and then fled across Gainesville. Gainesville Police Department (GPD) officers attempted to conduct a traffic stop on the vehicle near Ironwood Golf Course on Northeast 39th Avenue, but the driver allegedly refused to stop and drove through the Eden Park complex.

Once the fleeing vehicle was stopped, the driver, Johnny Mack Bryant, Jr., was arrested and charged with Grand Theft of an automobile, trafficking methamphetamines, possession of cocaine with intent to sell, and possession of drug paraphernalia.

According to the Alachua County Sheriff’s Office (ACSO) arrest report, GPD officers had attempted to stop the stolen white Hyundai Sonata, which had been spotted in the area of Pineridge Apartments, Northwest 23rd Terrace. While attempting to stop the car, GPD officers said that the driver of the Hyundai deliberately attempted to hit a GPD officer, who narrowly dodged the car, as the driver fled the scene.

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Manlius woman arrested following pursuit in stolen vehicle – New York

by Matthew Saffer

SYRACUSE, N.Y. — On Dec. 26, New York State Police say they attempted to stop a white 2006 Mercedes Benz on Thompson Road in the Town of DeWitt for a vehicle and traffic law violation. When the Trooper activated his emergency lights and siren, the operator, later identified as Stephanie A. Akers, refused to stop.

Troopers say a traffic pursuit was initiated and the driver of the vehicle continued onto Interstate 690 westbound and then northbound onto I-81. Onondaga County 911 then notified the Trooper that the vehicle was reported stolen earlier that day from the Byrne Dairy on Thompson Road in the Town of DeWitt.

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