Routine traffic stop turns high speed chase

FLAGLER COUNTY, Fla. -- Florida Highway Patrol officers got more than they bargained for when a routine traffic stop turned into a high-speed chase Thursday. With the help of a K-9 unit the driver, a wanted felon, was eventually captured and arrested.

The FHP Contraband Interdiction Unit stopped a vehicle on Interstate 95 for unlawful window tint and failure to wear a seat belt.

When troopers ran the license of the driver, Arron Butler, they found he had several outstanding Duval County warrants.

Troopers approached Butler and asked him to get out of the vehicle, but he took off north on I-95. FHP followed.

The female passenger in the vehicle, Dakota Lee Knowles, threw a handgun out of the passenger window during the pursuit after Butler told her to, according to FHP.

The chase led two troopers to a wooded area on Palm Coast Parkway near Club House Drive.

Butler stopped the vehicle in the tree line and began fleeing on foot. FHP K-9 Ronnie was released and took Butler down with a bite to the thigh, according to FHP.

Butler was placed under arrest and taken to Florida Hospital to be treated for his bite wound. He now faces a laundry list of charges including :

Leaving the Scene of a Traffic Crash

Aggravated Fleeing and Eluding with Injury or Property Damage

Driving While License Suspended or Revoked

Carrying a Concealed Firearm, Engaging in Criminal

Offense with Weapon

Possession of Ammunition by a Convicted Felon

Resisting Officer without Violence

Possession of Cocaine

Possession of Cannabis

Possession of Drug paraphernalia or Equipment

Destruction of Evidence

Butler also faces charges on Duval County warrants for armed burglary, possession of a firearm by a convicted felon, aggravated assault (domestic), and aggravated assault and battery.

FHP Officers later retrieved the 9mm semiautomatic firearm that was thrown from the window.

One trooper was involved in a traffic crash at the scene where Butler fled on foot. Knowles was released from scene by investigators.


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