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Wanted man in Flagler arrested after chase in Daytona Beach early Saturday

Daytona Beach Police Patrol car in file photo.
Daytona Beach Police Patrol car in file photo.
Mike Royer

Daytona Beach Police arrested an area man as an in-state fugitive after a chase from Mason Avenue to South Street early Saturday morning. 29-year old Broadus Stallings Junior was held on a Flagler County Sheriff’s Office warrant for Violation of Probation, and Daytona Beach Police also found a warrant for Stallings from Volusia County. In addition, Daytona Beach Police also made their own charges against Stallings following the pursuit. According to the Charging Affidavits, Stallings had given addresses in both Palm Coast and Daytona Beach.

Reports on the Daytona Beach Police website say officers were dispatched to 815 Mason Avenue Saturday morning around 12:15, after Stallings had been seen there. Officers had also been advised that Stallings was wanted on a felony warrant. Police said they used a “…tactical approach…” since Stallings “…is known to have violent tendencies.” As a result, officers had blocked the entrance to the car lot where Stallings was reported at with their police cars, and approached him on foot.

The first officer on the scene said Stallings was getting into his car, a four-door Buick, as the officer pulled up and stopped in front of Stalling’s vehicle. The officer said Stallings backed up and then stopped, and the uniformed officer got out of his marked patrol car. At that time the officer says Stallings “…aimed his car at me…” and the officer drew his firearm and aimed it at Stallings while instructing Stallings to stop and get out of the car. As Stallings drove toward the officer and the officer backed to his patrol car, police say Stallings “…swerved around [the] patrol car as [the officer] continued to yell at him to stop.”

Police say Stallings also aimed his car at another uniformed police officer in leaving the scene, and that officer also drew her firearm and ordered Stallings to stop. Police say Stallings then “…accelerated towards [the officer]…” and then swerved towards and through a chain fence at the car lot and fled eastbound on Mason Avenue.

Pursuit on Ridgewood Avenue

A Daytona Beach Police Lieutenant then reported observing Stallings driving “…at a high rate of speed….” Officers at the car lot had also advised Police Dispatch that Stallings had almost hit the officers as he had fled the scene, and a pursuit was authorized by Daytona Beach Police Chief Michael Chitwood. Police say the pursuit began in the area of North Street and Ridgewood Avenue and that the Daytona Beach Police Lieutenant was behind Stallings during the pursuit with his emergency lights and siren on, and gave updates on the pursuit to other officers in the area.

Vehicle damage leads to foot chase

Daytona Beach Police report that Stallings turned west on South Street, “…crashing into a vehicle [and] leaving the scene with possible injuries…” at School Street. Officers say Stallings made it another quarter mile west to Cedar Park, before damage to his right tire disabled his vehicle. According to police, Stallings then exited his car and ran into the Lakeside Apartment complex in the area of Ontario Court. As Chief Chitwood and other officers set up a perimeter in the area, police say Stallings tried to enter an apartment by pulling out a screen, but two other officers apprehended him in the complex without further incident.

Witnesses also told police that Stallings had “…something black in his hand…” during the foot pursuit, and the Volusia County Sheriff’s Office Dive Team was called to check a nearby lake for a possible discarded weapon. Of the four people hurt in the accident at School Street, police say two were transported for non-life threatening injuries by EVAC ambulance, and the other two people said they would seek treatment later.

Police said charges against Stallings include a felony Violation of Probation warrant from Flagler County with No Bond, a Volusia County warrant for Fleeing/Attempting to Elude with Lights and Siren Active from February of this year with a $50,000 bond; and charges by Daytona Beach Police which include two felony counts of Assault on a Law-Enforcement Officer, Criminal Mischief with Damage to Property over $200 but under $1000, Leaving the Scene of a Crash involving Damage, Failing to Stop/Remain at a Crash on Private/Public Property, and Fleeing/Attempting to Elude Law Enforcement Officers with Lights/Sirens Active.

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