Stop Stick News: Top 10 News Stories 04/23/24 – High Speed Chases, Drug Trafficking, Kidnapping and More

April 23, 2024

By: Zach Madden

Category: Stop Stick News

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April News Stories, North Carolina

Charlotte Man Sentenced For Drug Trafficking North Carolina

CHARLOTTE, N.C. – A Charlotte man was sentenced to 25-30 years in prison on drug trafficking charges after leading police on a high-speed vehicle chase in 2023.

Carlton Deprece Thomas was convicted on Thursday, April 11th following a three-day jury trial.

On January 10th, 2023, deputies attempted to pull Thomas over for going 105 MPH in a 65 MPH zone on I-85 South.

Thomas refused to stop and led police on a 12-mile chase while reaching a top speed of over 125 MPH. Authorities used “stop sticks” to puncture the tires on Thomas’ vehicle, ending the chase.



April News Stories, Florida

Fleeing burglar breaks into Melbourne home, resident hides with gun – Florida

MELBOURNE, Fla. – On Wednesday at 4 in the morning, the Brevard Sheriff’s Office says a vehicle pursuit ended when a burglary suspect ran over stop sticks, and then a foot pursuit began.

The sheriff’s office said Abraham Garcia, 26, ran from the intersection of Babcock Street and US-192 to Elizabeth Street where he broke into a house in an attempt to hide.

An arrest report said when Garcia shattered a window, the man living at the house grabbed his gun and hid in his bedroom.

The sheriff’s office said the suspect was ultimately taken into custody and no one was hurt.

Friday, Luis Cadana, who owns a house next door, told News 6 reporter James Sparvero he found a broken window on his property too.

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April News Stories, Virginia
Woman rescued from current after jumping into the James River following police chase: LPD – Virginia

A Friday morning police chase ended with a woman jumping into the James River, according to police.

The Lynchburg Police Department said the situation started when officers saw a vehicle driving recklessly, which prompted a police chase.

Officials said during the pursuit they deployed spike strips, which successfully flattened the tires of the fleeing car.




April News Stories, Oregon

Bend driver, 18, tops 120 mph in two-county Hwy. 97 police chase, crashes after hitting spike strips, DCSO says – Oregon

BEND, Ore. (KTVZ) — A Bend 18-year-old driving an apparent former police car in reckless fashion at speeds topping 120 mph at times sped from the Warm Springs area through Jefferson and Deschutes counties Monday evening until he hit spike strips, left Highway 97 and crashed in a field near Deschutes Junction, authorities said.

Deschutes County sheriff’s deputies were advised around 6:15 p.m. of a 2011 black and white Dodge Charger heading south on the highway through Jefferson County “at speeds well in excess of 100 mph,” Sergeant Chris Barringer said.

DCSO deputies learned that Jefferson County deputies were advised of the speeding driver by Warm Springs authorities and had begun, then discontinued their pursuit of the car, which was continuing to pass traffic unsafely, Barringer said.



April News Stories, Missouri

‘Y’all did y’all job’: U City man faces charges after high-speed police chase – Missouri

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April News Stories, Florida

Kissimmee man faces drugs charges after 113 mph pursuit on I-4, Volusia Sheriff’s Office says – Florida

VOLUSIA COUNTY, Fla. – The arrest of a Kissimmee man who led Volusia County deputies on a high-speed pursuit along Interstate 4 on Saturday “wrapped up” a three-day sheriff’s office traffic operation in and around the city of Deltona, the agency said on social media.

Kevin Olivo Rivera, 29, reached speeds of 113 mph in a rented BMW X3 while attempting to run from a deputy on I-4, the post states.

The sheriff’s office shared body-worn camera video showing the moment a deputy deployed stop sticks at Orange Camp Road. OIivo Rivera took the SUV back onto I-4, but it soon came to a stop with the newly-flattened tires, according to the post.

The video shows Olivo Rivera’s arrest, during which he was found to be a convicted felon, the sheriff’s office said. Deputies searching the BMW located cocaine, oxycodone, MDMA, alprazolam, marijuana and 165 rounds of ammunition, the post states, adding a handgun that Olivo Rivera allegedly threw into the woods was later recovered by a K-9 unit.

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April News Stories, Iowa

Man arrested after Tri-city chase starting in Cedar Falls – Iowa

BLACK HAWK COUNTY, Iowa (KWWL) — In the early morning hours Sunday, Cedar Falls officers traveled from downtown Cedar Falls to east of Waterloo — following a high speed chase.

It started on 12th and College Streets. The driver is said to have led police through Cedar Falls, Waterloo and east to the the Evansdale Drive interchange. Waterloo officers deployed stop sticks to stop him, and he was arrested.

Demarco Dante Harris was arrested for eluding and driving while having a suspended license. He is also wanted on a warrant for domestic assault- impeding air/blood flow and violation of parole.

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April News Stories, Pennsylvania

Pennsylvania woman arrested after 100 MPH+ State Police chase in Fulton County – Pennsylvania

BRUSH CREEK TOWNSHIP, Pa. (WHTM) – Pennsylvania State Police say a woman was arrested after a chase where speeds exceeded 100 MPH last week in Fulton County.

State Police say on April 8 a Trooper was traveling westbound on I-70 when a red pickup truck passed them in the right-hand lane at approximately 75 MPH.

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April News Stories, Florida

A K-9 bit a Leesburg suspect at the end of a chase that reached 131 miles per hour.

A deputy sitting in the median of U.S. Hwy. 27 near the intersection of Corley Island Road spotted a black Maserati rapidly approaching him around 3 a.m. Sunday, according to case report from the Lake County Sheriff’s Office. The driver, later identified as 32-year-old Marcus Jermain Sims, was weaving through other cars. Radar picked up the vehicle and gave a readout showing it was traveling at 106 mph in a posted 55-mph zone. 

The deputy attempted to stop the vehicle using his emergency blue lights, but the vehicle continued to increase its speed to try to flee. Another deputy who was positioned just ahead was able to pick up the Maserati on their in-car system which showed that it increased its speed to 131 mph. As it continued to flee, deputies were able to successfully deploy stop sticks and strike three of the car’s four tires, the report said. 


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April News Stories, Missouri

St. Louis County police arrest woman accused of kidnapping  – Missouri

ST. LOUIS COUNTY, Mo. — Charges were issued against a woman who is accused of kidnapping another woman and fleeing from police in St. Louis County.

The St. Louis County Prosecuting Attorney’s Office charged Helen White, 36, with second-degree kidnapping and resisting arrest by fleeing. She is in custody in Illinois and is being held on a $250,000 cash-only bond.

Court documents said White had pulled the victim by her hair into the car. The victim told White to let her out and attempted to get out of the car, but White began to drive.

An officer observed a female trying to get out of a vehicle shortly before 7:30 p.m. Sunday in the area of Picador Drive and Lucas and Hunt Road, according to the St. Louis County Police Department.

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