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14 arrested in Daytona-area crime suppression op Friday afternoon

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Multiple law enforcement agencies ran a crime suppression operation in the Daytona Beach area Friday afternoon that lead to the arrest of 14 people. Volusia County Sheriff’s Office spokesperson Gary Davidson says officers with the Sheriff’s Office, Daytona Beach, South Daytona and Port Orange Police Departments focused on “…high-crime areas, drivers fleeing from law enforcement and individuals with suspected links to crimes such as burglary, robbery and vehicle theft.”

One arrest happened around 4:35 Friday afternoon in Daytona Beach, after undercover officers saw a 2014 Mercedes “…being driven carelessly along South Caroline Street.” When the car turned onto Nova Road, officers say the driver “…started passing traffic on the inside lane and into the left turn lane…” and also “…cut off a long line of cars stopped at a red light.” When a marked patrol car tried to pull the car over, officers say the driver “…took off at estimated speeds that exceeded 100 mph, causing numerous other vehicles on the road to take evasive action to avoid a collision.” Davidson says a Volusia County Sheriff’s Office helicopter crew were called in, and directed officers to the location of the driver after he “…bailed out of his car on Redwood Street and took off running.”

This Examiner likely observed part of this incident Friday afternoon. As he turned onto eastbound Mason Avenue, the Sheriff’s Office helicopter flew in low and fast from the west. Then, while at the traffic light at Clyde Morris Boulevard and Mason Avenue, he saw a grey or silver car coming westbound on Mason Avenue east of Clyde Morris. However, the car turned north onto a side street off of Mason Avenue, before reaching the busy Clyde Morris and Mason Avenue intersection. Two police cars followed shortly afterwards, as the Sheriff’s Office helicopter watched from above. Redwood Street, where the suspect was located, is north of Mason Avenue, and east of Clyde Morris Boulevard.

Davidson says 24-year old Michael Gaines of Daytona Beach ran from the car and was apprehended in a vacant lot. After a search of the car he had been driving, Gaines was charged with Fleeing or Attempting to Elude a Law Enforcement Officer, Possession of Cocaine with Intent to Sell, Unlawful Possession of a Controlled Substance, Possession of Marijuana under 20 grams, and Driving with a Suspended License. Davidson says officers also found two digital scales and a marijuana grinder in the vehicle.

In South Daytona, Davidson says officers stopped 35-year old Allyson Jamin, a local resident, on U.S. 1 and charged Jamin with DUI and Possession of Drug Paraphernalia. 22-year old Charles Lyons of Daytona Beach, was also arrested on a warrant from St. Johns County, according to Davidson. The Sheriff’s Office says other subjects arrested Friday face various charges, including Possession of Marijuana and Driving an Unregistered Vehicle. In addition to the 14 arrests, Davidson says officers also wrote 54 traffic citations during the operation.

Click here to visit the Volusia County Sheriff’s Office website.

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