Man arrested after 5-mile police chase



Deputies say they have arrested the driver who led them on a five-mile pursuit this morning, which ended in a wrecked Lincoln Navigator.

The driver, identified as Michael Jones, was sitting behind the wheel of the Navigator at the corner of Doug Barnard Parkway and Dan Bowles Road around 9 a.m. this morning, police said.

Deputies had stopped to assist what they believed was a disabled vehicle, but the driver sped away when he saw the deputies, sheriff's Maj. Richard Weaver said.

Two cruisers gave chase and were soon joined by a third deputy as they followed the vehicle onto Gordon Highway and Olive Road before it wrecked on Krantha Drive, Weaver said.

The Navigator was badly damaged, but the driver, identfied as Jones was not. He jumped from the vehicle, but was soon aught by deputies, Weaver said. The deputies were not injured in the pursuit.

Weaver didn't have any specifics on charges against Jones, just that they would be traffic-related at this point. The deputies involved in the almost five-mile chase didn't have "stop sticks" that would have punctured the fleeing vehicle's tires, Weaver said.  






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