Police Chase Ends in Crash in Walton County, Florida
WALTON COUNTY, FL. – According to an online news story published at wtvy.com, a police chase ended in a vehicle crash in Walton County, Florida. The chase started in Crestview, Florida, and ended with a crash in DeFuniak Springs, Florida, according to police reports.*
Florida Highway Patrol Troopers started pursuing a vehicle in Crestview. Troopers had tried to perform a traffic stop, and the driver of the vehicle fled. They chased the vehicle into DeFuniak Springs, where officers with the DeFuniak Police Department had placed spike strips to try to stop the driver.
It is not clear if the driver rolled over the spike strips or swerved to avoid them. The vehicle somehow then crashed in front of the Plateful Restaurant on U.S. Highway 331. The crash ended up damaging a sign, a utility pole, and a water main. The occupants of the vehicle sustained unknown injuries, and emergency responders took them to Healthmark Regional Medical Center for treatment.
A statement posted to social media from the DeFuniak Springs Police Department says that Florida Highway Patrol found information about the vehicle being stolen at around 9 a.m. on January 31. That’s when Troopers tried to make a stop, and the driver took off at a high rate of speed.
“This driver put the lives of our citizens in danger,” DeFuniak Police Chief Mark Weeks was quoted as saying in the social media statement. “Fortunately no bystanders were hurt.”
Florida Highway Patrol is handling the investigation of this incident, and no additional information has been reported at this time.
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