Alabama Pursuit Ends With Crash In Florida; Driver Airlifted To The Hospital

June 16, 2019

A man being pursued by Alabama deputies crossed in Florida and crashed his van into a tree just west of Century late Saturday evening.

The Escambia County (AL) Sheriff’s Office attempted a traffic stop on the van in Alabama, according to Sheriff Heath Jackson, when the driver crossed the state line into Florida. The man continued south on Creamer Road about eight-tenths of a mile. He failed to stop at a stop sign before crossing over Highway 4A and crashing into a tree about 6:30 p.m..

The man, whose identity has not been released, was airlifted by LifeFlight helicopter to Baptist Hospital in Pensacola. An update on his condition was not available.

Jackson said he the traffic stop originated because the man was believed to have outstanding warrants in Alabama. He also said his department will be seeking additional warrants related the pursuit.

In addition to the Escambia (AL) Sheriff’s Office, the Escambia County (FL) Sheriff’s Office, Escambia County (FL) EMS and the Century Station of Escambia Fire Rescue responded to the crash site. The Florida Highway Patrol did not respond to the crash. photos, click to enlarge.


11 Responses to “Alabama Pursuit Ends With Crash In Florida; Driver Airlifted To The Hospital”

  1. Rasheed Jackson on June 17th, 2019 5:59 am

    Maybe the individual knows that Eascambia county Florida has a non pursuit policy. Ok, let me clarify, based on a North Escambia article from April 13, 2013, an new policy was adopted by the Escambia county Sheriff’s office concerning pursuing a suspect.

    ["Under the new policy, a supervisor must approve a deputy’s pursuit only in extreme circumstances and with the same care as if he or she were justifying the use of deadly force while endangering innocent lives.

    “Such authorization must be limited to matters so serious and exigent that the need to immediately capture or kill the suspect would warrant an authorization to use of a firearm against a suspect located in a crowd of innocent bystanders,” the new policy states. “The supervisor must also be reasonably certain that the public safety need to immediately capture or kill the suspect is so grave that the supervisor is willing to sacrifice the lives of innocent civilians, deputies, and the suspect. If there is any doubt whether the circumstances and evidence make the supervisor reasonably certain of the propriety of the pursuit, the pursuit must not be authorized and any ongoing pursuit must be cancelled.”]

  2. shay on June 16th, 2019 3:58 pm

    @ Carolyn Hyatt re: Williams comment

    Both are criteria to auto launch a helicopter.

  3. Dennis Wiggins on June 16th, 2019 12:19 pm

    My guess is he was not familiar with the area and didn’t realize 4A was right over that little hill. He ain’t the first one to miss the stop there!

  4. William on June 16th, 2019 11:16 am

    >>I didn’t see anything in story regarding how fast he was going and the damage to vehicle doesn’t suggest high speeds.

    The front of the van was wrapped around a large tree and significantly damaged.

  5. James on June 16th, 2019 11:06 am

    Maybe he thought that he was driving the A teams van and with the bigger spare tire gave him the power that he wanted. But I guess he was wrong in every way possible. Going from a nice bed in the hospital to a hard bed in jail. Heck of a way to spend father’s day if he is a father that is

  6. CW on June 16th, 2019 9:26 am

    @Mystery Machine

    That was my thoughts too. I bet the brakes on that thing were glowing red hot.

  7. Big red on June 16th, 2019 9:00 am

    Ole shaggy and Scooby-Doo didn’t make turn in time. Better yet shaggy shouldn’t let Scooby-Doo drive. It’s hard for him to negotiate that curve with paws. No mystery solved today.

  8. terrance on June 16th, 2019 8:34 am

    Stupid is painful…

  9. Cant outrun Motorola on June 16th, 2019 7:42 am

    You Cannot outrun that Motorola radio a car is the worst place to be when running

  10. Carolyn Hyatt on June 16th, 2019 7:41 am

    You are so right; that’s funny! I’m wondering why person was airlifted to hospital..
    I didn’t see anything in story regarding how fast he was going and the damage to vehicle doesn’t suggest high speeds. The funniest chases are ones where the idiots are poking along and law enforcement just follows slowly, waiting till no other traffic is close before pitting the “runaway”… lol

  11. Mystery Machine on June 16th, 2019 5:19 am

    People that run from cops need to reconsider their getaway vehicle a lot better. Nothing about this mystery machine screams speed demon!

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