PALATKA, Fla. -- An alleged stolen vehicle leads to an early morning car chase that ends with one arrest, according to a Putnam County Sheriff's Office press release.
According to the release, Putnam County Sheriff's Office deputies responded to a vehicle stolen in the 1900 block of Roselle Avenue at 12:50 a.m. Sunday. The victim said that 1999 Toyota Corolla was left unlocked and the keys inside the vehicle for a brief moment.
David Roe and Sergeant Pete Ruiz noticed a vehicle matching the description on State Road 20 at 5 a.m.
The report said Roes obtained the license plate information and confirmed it was the same vehicle that was reported stolen earlier in the evening.
The officers then attempted to conduct a traffic stop on the vehicle, but the driver of the vehicle allegedly refused to stop. According to the release, stop sticks were deployed in the area off Roddy Road and Alabama Avenue during the pursuit but the driver was able to maneuver around them.
The driver lost control of the vehicle and ran into a chain link fence. However, the driver regained control of the car and continued to drive away from law enforcement.
The vehicle crashed again into several trees near Palm Avenue and Silver Lake Drive, according to the release. The driver then ran on foot before officers caught him.
PCSO identified the alleged driver as Townsend Harris, 21. He is charged with two counts of hit and run, aggravated fleeing and eluding law enforcement, vehicle theft, larceny, and resisting law enforcement without violence.
Harris is being held in the Putnam County Jail with a bond amount of $4,524.00.
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