Driver who throws tools to chase Florida cops turns out to be escapee, sheriff says

A a disconcerting crime wave that included a driver throwing tools from a stolen truck started to make sense when officers realized the suspect had just escaped from prison, according to Florida investigators.

The strange series of events began around 12:15 a.m. Wednesday, Jan. 17, when a school resource officer saw a barefoot man climbing the fence at Moore Haven High School, the Glades County Sheriff’s Office reports. Moore Haven is about 110 miles northwest of Miami.

“The subject went to the Moore Haven Post Office where he was attempting to take a mail carrier’s personal vehicle,” the sheriff’s office said in a news release.

“The mailman was able to lock his doors, which the subject was unable to enter, then stole a blue bicycle and fled the area.”

A chase followed him to a nearby ATV shop, deputies said, “where the subject was able to steal a white 2005 Chevrolet pickup truck that was unoccupied but running.”

A 16-foot utility trailer was attached to the back of the truck, making it unavoidable in traffic.

Deputies were pursuing the truck and trailer on U.S. 27 when the driver began “throwing tools at the deputies,” officials said.

“As the subject approached US27 and the intersection of SR29, he lost control of the vehicle and struck a gold GMC Arcadia. Deputies were able to apprehend the subject at approximately 12:34 p.m.,” officials said.

“While deputies were on scene, the Glades County Sheriff’s Office (Jail Division) advised that the deputies (the driver) had just escaped from the jail exercise yard at approximately 12:14 p.m. .”

The 35-year-old suspect was taken to hospital to check his injuries, then arrested and charged with “eluding, attempted carjacking, car theft, fleeing to escape and throwing deadly missiles from a vehicle,” they said. those responsible.

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