FHP Pursuit Ends With Crash On Highway 29

September 19, 2019

A Florida Highway Patrol pursuit ended with a vehicle crash on Pensacola Boulevard at W Street Thursday afternoon.

The pursuit reportedly began when FHP tried to stop a vehicle believed to be driven by a man wanted by troopers for a chase Wednesday night in Pensacola.

Wesley Batch, age of 24 of Pensacola, fled, with the pursuit continuing down Nine Mile Road and onto Pensacola Boulevard. Batch crashed his car into another car at the intersection with W Street, and several vehicles were damaged in the parking lot of the Kia dealership.

Batch was transported to the hospital with minor injuries after resisting and being bitten by a law enforcement K-9. He was charged with aggravated fleeing with injury, resisting and reckless driving. He was released from jail on a $15,000 bond.

The driver of the second car, 28-year old Rachel Compton of Pensacola, suffered only minor injuries.

The FHP says Batch was not the man they were attempting to locate; they are not sure why he fled.

NorthEscambia.com photos by Kristi Barbour, click to enlarge.


30 Responses to “FHP Pursuit Ends With Crash On Highway 29”

  1. Don Neese on September 20th, 2019 10:13 pm

    It wasn’t too many years ago, they would have just shot him.
    All future problems from the deceased would have immediately ended and all like minded criminals would be thinking twice.
    Too many Lawyers. Too many lawsuits.

    And The Lord Jesus said…
    Luke 11:52 KJV
    Woe unto you, lawyers! …..

  2. John Doe on September 20th, 2019 12:43 pm

    dang, he busted up a perfectly good CX-5!

  3. retired on September 20th, 2019 8:45 am

    If you run from law enforcement, then the sentence should be one year in prison for every MPH over the posted speed limit, Plus resitution for all damage. If some one is injured or killed LIFE IN PRISON OR DEATH SENTENCE.

  4. tg on September 20th, 2019 8:31 am

    @miixter Then everyone could Run Wild.

  5. Buford T. Justice on September 20th, 2019 8:00 am

    “Put the evidence in the car”

    That Datsun didn’t stand a chance against the HEMI

  6. Frankie on September 20th, 2019 7:37 am

    It is those fast cars… We need to get rid of all those fast cars… if we outlaw all the fast cars it will take care of the issue…

    There is no need for anyone to have a car that goes that fast. Max speed is 80 in America, why do we need any cars that go over 80 in this country?

  7. Stumpknocker on September 20th, 2019 3:34 am

    @Sharon, if you read the article it states Thursday afternoon.

  8. Retired LEO on September 20th, 2019 2:08 am

    Too many people have been watching entirely too much TV. Let the Monday morning quarterbacking continue. No air support! Morgan took care of that right after he got elected. Most of the other gadgets require you to get close to the vehicle to use them, so you gotta chase them to get close enough to use them. Let him go and then the same ones complaining about chasing him will be condemning law enforcement when he does something else after he is allowed to escape. No wonder they can’t recruit or keep LEO’s now. Everyone wants to second guess their decisions and share all of their uneducated advice they gained from the training they never received. As for the Onstar theory about stopping the vehicle, you gotta have a VIN number and the car has to be equipped with that feature to work, oh and you need an owner with an Onstar account, they don’t do anything for free unless the vehicle wrecks.

  9. Sharon on September 20th, 2019 12:48 am

    I’m not sure if this is the same high speed chase that I witnessed last night on Olive road near FPMS around 7:35pm. I was on my way home from church with my 14yr old daughter when the car flew by us driving at an extremely high rate of speed followed by multiple police.

  10. Patsy W Marquis on September 20th, 2019 12:28 am

    They thought this was the fool that hit a FHP last night and left the scene of course.. When yhey spotted the car is yhe reason they didnt stop until they got him.. Now he can rest in jail tonight with dog bites in his butt. Sorry for all involved but good job FHP !!!

  11. joda collins on September 19th, 2019 11:41 pm

    It is a difficult situation. Do the police simply let a dangerous person go free if he drives over the speed limit? If so, then more criminals will simply speed away to do more harm to others.

  12. Mike Cottage Hill on September 19th, 2019 11:35 pm

    Most agencies in this area have policies of when to chase and for what reasons are authorized. Police Leaders in the area are noticing the uptick in violent shootings in the area and are wanting to catch these people. These criminals know that most agencies will not chase and run from cops with this knowledge. So how are we gonna catch criminals without chasing cars? Tech is available but can we afford to have a helicopter again. Other things such as GPS trackers are unreliable. ON Star? Can you drive high speed at 90 MPH to get a tag number to give to GM? Or what if there is no tag or it has been switched without giving vehicle info ON Star cant figure out which car.

  13. Becca on September 19th, 2019 11:20 pm

    I so agree, thetes no need for a police chase especially on a busy afternoon on Hwy 29, I travel that road four days a week about 40 miles to and from work, a police chase like that would scare me to death and probably make me wreck from just being scared if they flew by me.

  14. Cindy on September 19th, 2019 11:02 pm

    Not all cars have on star so that the engine can be stopped. Don’t run and the police won’t chase. Your car is not faster than a radio calling ahead your position. He should be locked up and his license taken away for life. Quit blaming everyone else and not the criminals.

  15. Jefrononi on September 19th, 2019 9:34 pm

    Fleeing from police should be an automatic felony, if not already. Figure these people have little regard for other’s lives at the best of times; if law enforcement cannot pursue them they will ALL run.

  16. Jason Bagwell on September 19th, 2019 8:59 pm

    This idiot flew around my car on the right shoulder going at least 75 mph. He then jerked his car in front of the car in front of me and then went around another car then passed another on the right shoulder. Not even a minute later he crashed. I can’t believe he survived that crash. There were four FHP chasing him and I agree with Kevin, they were absolutely endangering the public. There was a lot of traffic that they flew through. Then about five or six more FHP showed up. Very scary few minutes that passed in my life.

  17. russell kelly on September 19th, 2019 8:39 pm

    We were on Nine Mile Road right in the middle of this high-speed chase. We were very upset and angry, we had our grandchildren and the car coming from school and these cars came right by us and almost hit us. There shouldn’t be anything as a high-speed chase on the road where public is involved. You should be able to catch a criminal without putting the public in danger there’s other ways to do it!

  18. LRH on September 19th, 2019 8:17 pm

    You people being negative toward the police, I do understand concerns but if this mans not guilty of something WHY did he not stop for the officer when he put the lights on him. The officers where only doing there job. Idiots cause the dangerous situations.

  19. Brian on September 19th, 2019 7:49 pm

    @mixxster what’s your suggestion for a modern alternative to a police chase that is equally effective? This isn’t the movies, this is the real world.

  20. Danny Smart on September 19th, 2019 7:31 pm

    Witness this accident today. Thank GOD, no lives were lost.

  21. MR REALITY on September 19th, 2019 7:22 pm

    until we toss the key away on these people who endanger us ALL by fleeing, they will flee…

  22. Phil Albritton on September 19th, 2019 6:01 pm

    Kevin Enfinger is spot on! This insane idea of chasing a car down a highway at high rates of speed is not necessary with so much technology available. Police officers, and I have several in my family, seem to make it a personal violation of their ego and chase these people til they crash. Gotta be a better, safer way for possible innocent bystanders.

  23. BentStraight on September 19th, 2019 5:59 pm

    For those who haven’t figured it out yet, ending police pursuits will only encourage more and more people to flee creating even MORE danger.

  24. Well duh on September 19th, 2019 5:54 pm

    Well Kevin Enfinger…why did the jackass run? If he didn’t run, then there would be no need to chase. Then again, how boring would that be?

  25. Beco on September 19th, 2019 5:52 pm

    Mixxster/Kevin enfinger…… there are laws already in place. Evading

  26. Tee bug on September 19th, 2019 5:49 pm

    The technology is out there and it easy and simple why doesn’t law enforcement use it by simply killing the engine no they still want to run you down endangering everybody around. I guess they want to play Smokey and the bandits. You reckin

  27. Kevin enfinger on September 19th, 2019 5:18 pm

    I understand going after someone thats wanted. But theres a time when you have to call off the pursuit to prevent from endangering the public. What if that hdda been someone on the sidewalk or looking at cars on that lot of God Forbid another car on the highway. There should be laws on this.

  28. miixster on September 19th, 2019 5:12 pm

    the police pursuit is an archaic way of trying to apprehend criminals. seems like innocent bystanders are always the ones that come out on the bad end of a police chase. with todays technology they should do away with any pursuits.

  29. MiMi on September 19th, 2019 5:12 pm

    Hang him High!!! Coulda killed several innocent people young & old.

  30. Just Wondering on September 19th, 2019 5:02 pm


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