KINGSLAND, Ga. -- A fugitive from Brevard County was arrested in Kingsland after police found him sleeping in his van naked.
Police were told to be on the lookout for Matthew Ibarra, a 21-year-old from Melbourne, who was wanted for several felonies, including aggravated battery committed against his grandparents.
Police were looking for a green 1998 Ford conversion van and were told that Ibarra may be staying at a hotel along I-95 between Jacksonville and Savannah.
Kingsland Police found Ibarra sleeping in his green, 1998 Ford conversion van at the Fairfield Inn on East King Avenue. Ibarra was sleeping naked in the van at the time, according to a press release from Lieutenant Todd Tetterton of the Kingsland Police Department.
Tetterton said when police woke Ibarra up he refused to open the door or the window. Ibarra made it appear he was going to get out of the van, but instead started the engine and tried to escape.
Ibarra crashed the van into a parked Nissan, nearly running over police officers, Tetterton said, before Ibarra drove out of the hotel parking lot and fled toward St. Marys.
Kingsland Police officers pursued Ibarra down Highway 40. During the pursuit, Ibarra hit two marked patrol cars.
As police continued to pursue Ibarra, he drove down a one-way street in St. Marys that leads to the St. Marys River public boat ramp.
Shortly before he reached the boat ramp, and while he was still traveling 45 mph, Ibarra opened the drivers door and jumped out of the van, rolling along the pavement. Ibarra jumped to his feet, and then ran to the river's edge, said Tetterton.
As Ibarra ran north along the St. Marys River, he was caught by Kingsland and St. Marys Police Department Officers.
Ibarra was taken to the South East Georgia Medical Center Emergency Room, Tetterton said, where he was treated and released. Ibarra was immediately taken into custody by the Kigsland Police Department.
Ibarra was then taken to the Camden County Jail where he is charged with aggravated assault, fleeing or eluding law enforcement, reckless driving, failure to stop at an accident scene and numerous traffic violations.
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