Georgia man steals BMW and leads Florida Highway Patrol in pursuit

BAY COUNTY – Florida Highway Patrol officials say a man was arrested Saturday afternoon after allegedly stealing a gray 2022 BMW and sending Bay County law enforcement on a high-speed chase in Jackson County.

Daquan Jamel Johnson, 31, of Columbus, Georgia, has been charged with felony flight and escape. He was incarcerated in Jackson County Jail.

Florida Highway Patrol officials say a Georgia man was arrested after allegedly stealing a gray 2022 BMW and leading Bay County law enforcement on a high-speed pursuit in Jackson County Saturday afternoon.

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Officials said the Tallahassee Regional Communications Center received a notification of a stolen vehicle traveling eastbound on the Hathaway Bridge from the Panama City Beach Police Department. Two Florida Highway Patrol soldiers were able to intercept the vehicle at US 231 and County Road 2321.

The vehicle accelerated to high speed and continued north before soldiers could activate their emergency lights and sirens. The Florida Highway Patrol attempted to pass the vehicle but, due to traffic, were unsuccessful. The stolen vehicle continued north where the two soldiers stood at a safe distance, no longer attempting to actively pursue.

The Bay County Sheriff’s Office was notified of the vehicle’s theft and attempted to use stop sticks near the Bay and Jackson county line, but were unsuccessful.

FHP officials said a Florida Highway Patrol sergeant attempted to use stop sticks in the area of ​​US Highway 231 and Kent Lane. To avoid stop sticks, the vehicle crosses the middle and south center lanes of US Highway 231 and stops on the west shoulder.

The driver fled on foot. A perimeter was established and the Jackson County K9 Sheriff’s Office was deployed. Subject was located shortly after fleeing the stolen vehicle and taken into custody.

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