The Volusia County Sheriff’s Office and three Volusia-area police departments together conducted a street-crime suppression operation Friday afternoon. Volusia County Sheriff’s spokesperson Brandon Haught says Probation Officers with the Florida Department of Corrections also supported the operation, which targeted “…high-crime areas, drivers fleeing from law enforcement and individuals with suspected links to crimes such as burglary, robbery and vehicle theft.” Haught says 78 traffic stops, three felony arrests and three misdemeanor arrests were made by Volusia Sheriff’s deputies and officers with the Daytona Beach, Port Orange, and South Daytona police departments.
In one case, Haught says a vehicle “…fled recklessly from officers on Colfax Drive...” around 4:30 Friday afternoon. Officers found the vehicle abandoned in the 500 block of Colfax and also discovered the car was displaying a stolen license plate. Two men running were also spotted nearby and a K-9 was used to track their path through area backyards to a house. When police knocked on the door of the home, the occupant came out and said two men were in the home who had entered through his back door and told him to “stay cool” and they would leave in a few minutes. Haught says the two gave up to officers without incident. Police found that neither man was the driver of the abandoned vehicle, but both were arrested for burglary of an occupied dwelling.
Haught says other arrests Friday afternoon included 35-year old Jacob Forte, charged with a felony count of Possessing Synthetic Cannabis; and 30-year old Darran McCall charged with driving “…with a total of ten [driver] license suspensions.” The Sheriff’s Office says McCall had most recently been suspended from driving for 60 months as a “…habitual traffic violator.”
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