Corrections officer recruit arrested following police chase

JSO employee arrested for hit-and-run

JACKSONVILLE, Fla. -- The Jacksonville Sheriff's Office has arrested 19-year-old Joshua Vergara after leading police on a chase in the Southside area. Police say the man was a corrections officer recruit and had been with the department for only a week. 

According to police, Vergara was terminated Monday.

Undersheriff Pat Ivey said officers spotted Vergara driving recklessly along the Baymeadows and Southside area and attempted to pull him over. Police say the suspect did run a red light at a high rate of speed. 

In order to keep citizens safe, police canceled the pursuit and issued a BOLO alert for his car.  According to police, the officer in pursuit of the suspect was flagged down by another car and stated they had been hit by the suspect. 

Shortly after, police received a call about a "burglary" in the Baymeadows and Southside area and spotted the suspect crouched down behind some bushes. 

Police say the suspect had told the witnesses that he was a JSO officer and was just sick. When the two witnesses proceeded to call police, the suspect ran off and was later arrested by JSO officers. 

Police have charged Vergara with fleeing from police, reckless driving and leaving scene of traffic crash. 

 

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