Flagler County Sheriff’s deputies arrested two people after a high-pursuit chase on I-95 early Sunday morning. The incident started when deputies in St. Johns County reported they were pursuing a stolen car wanted in an armed carjacking case from Wednesday in Orlando outside the Florida Mall. Flagler Sheriff’s spokesperson Commander Bob Weber says the car, a black 2009 Toyota Corolla, was running from St. Johns County deputies on southbound I-95 at speeds “…in excess of 100 m.p.h.” The car then exited the interstate at Palm Coast Parkway in Flagler County around 4 Sunday morning, where Flagler County Sheriff’s deputies were waiting with stop sticks. Commander Weber says the car avoided the stop sticks coming off the interstate, but in going across Palm Coast Parkway in an attempt to get back on I-95, the driver lost control and hit three palm trees along the southbound I-95 entrance ramp.
K-9 locates, bites fleeing driver
Commander Weber says the driver fled after the accident, leaving a female passenger behind in the car. The driver initially fled into a wooded area near Cypress Edge Drive, but deputies brought in a Sheriff’s Office K-9, and the driver was located outside of the Golden Corral restaurant under a trash dumpster. In the process of locating the driver, he was bitten by the K-9 and was also treated at the scene “…for several bite wounds.”
Investigators with both the Flagler and Orange County Sheriff’s Offices were working on the case Sunday. The driver was identified as 24-year old Dyson Anthony Graham of Jacksonville, and charged with Possession of Stolen Property, Possession of a Firearm by a Convicted Felon, Carrying a Concealed Firearm and Resisting Arrest without Violence.
The 16-year old female passenger in the car was found to be reported as missing from Hillsborough County and was expected to be charged with Possession of Stolen Property.
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