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Daytona area officers make fleeing, car theft arrests in operation Friday

Volusia County Sheriffs Office patrol car in file photo.
Volusia County Sheriffs Office patrol car in file photo.
Mike Royer

Nine felony arrests were made in a crime suppression operation targeting street crimes in the Daytona Beach area Friday night. Officers from multiple law-enforcement agencies started working the operation Friday afternoon, concentrating on drivers fleeing traffic stops, “high-crime areas”, and burglary, robbery and vehicle theft suspects. Police made 138 traffic stops and found two stolen vehicles, according to Volusia County Sheriff’s Office spokesperson Brandon Haught.

Helicopter tracks fleeing driver

Haught also says the Volusia County Sheriff’s Office helicopter located one suspect who pulled away from a traffic stop. A Sheriff’s deputy had tried to pull the vehicle over because the driver was not wearing a seat belt, but the car fled the area. Haught says the helicopter crew working the operation monitored the vehicle and directed officers to a home on Imperial Lane in Daytona Beach where they arrested Daytona Beach resident Paul Carswell. The 29-year old man was charged with fleeing or eluding, driving with a suspended driver’s license, and having an invalid tag. Haught says Carswell was also arrested for fleeing and eluding in 2011.

Other arrests for fleeing/eluding

Haught says the following arrests were also made during the operation:

  • 23-year old Shane Len Cruz Junior of Daytona Beach: fleeing/eluding an officer, grand theft auto, possession of crack cocaine, driving with a suspended license (habitual), and resisting an officer without violence.
  • 21-year old Kelvin A. Holt of Daytona Beach: fleeing/eluding an officer, possession of Schedule I substance, driving with a suspended license, possession of drug paraphernalia, driving a car with an invalid tag, and violation of probation.
  • 31-year old Brian Cahill of Palm Coast: fleeing/eluding an officer, and driving with a suspended license.
  • 31-year old James L. Robinson of Daytona Beach: fleeing/eluding an officer.

Multiple-agency operation

Agencies working the crime suppression operation included the Volusia County Sheriff’s Office, the FBI’s Safe Streets Task Force, and the Holly Hill, Ormond Beach and Daytona Beach Police Departments. East Volusia County Narcotics Task Force officers and a Probation Officer with the Florida Department of Corrections also participated.

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