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I-95 pursuit in Flagler Thursday leads to arrest by FHP

Florida Highway Patrol car in file photo.
Florida Highway Patrol car in file photo.
Mike Royer

Florida Highway Patrol Troopers arrested a man in Palm Coast Thursday after a pursuit along I-95. The FHP says Arron Craig Butler was pulled over just south of Highway 100 on I-95 by the Patrol’s Contraband Interdiction Unit for window tint and seatbelt violations. When troopers checked Butler’s driver’s license, they say a computer check showed he had a suspended license along with felony warrants for armed burglary, aggravated assault (domestic), aggravated assault and battery and possession of a firearm by a convicted felon. The FHP says troopers then asked Butler to exit his vehicle, but he “…fled northbound on I-95.”

Pursuit ends along Palm Coast Parkway

Troopers pursuing Butler reported that a female in the vehicle threw a gun out of the window during the chase, which they later retrieved and identified as a 9mm semiautomatic. The FHP says Butler exited I-95 at Palm Coast Parkway and proceeded eastbound with two troopers in pursuit, then went off the road while “…slamming on his brakes….” After stopping in a tree line near Club House Drive, troopers say Butler fled the car on foot.

K-9 assist

Troopers followed Butler with an FHP K-9 unit which “…engaged onto the right thigh of Mr. Butler.” Troopers then restrained and arrested Butler, who was also treated for his right leg injury at Florida Hospital. One trooper was also involved in a traffic crash when Butler stopped near Club House Drive, but no one was injured in the accident.

In addition to Duval County charges, the FHP Says Butler was charged by troopers Thursday with Leaving the Scene of a Traffic Crash, Aggravated Fleeing and Eluding with Injury or Property Damage, Driving While License Suspended or Revoked, Carrying a Concealed Firearm, Engaging in Criminal Offense with a Weapon, Possession of Ammunition by a Convicted Felon, Resisting an Officer without Violence, Possession of Cocaine, Possession of Cannabis, Possession of Drug Paraphernalia or Equipment, and Destruction of Evidence and booked into the Flagler County Jail. The female in the vehicle with Butler was released by investigators.

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