A Jacksonville man who has been in jail more than 30 times before is back behind bars after he reportedly crashed into multiple Jacksonville Sheriff's Office vehicles during a pursuit on Wednesday.
The Jacksonville Sheriff's Office said that on Feb. 6 around 11:47 p.m., two officers saw John William Sanford, 52, driving eastbound on W. 43rd Street with an inoperable tail light and expired tags. The two officers tried to pull over Sanford, but Sanford reportedly accelerated and drove into a dead-end on Anisa Court.
On Anisa Court, Sanford tried to make a U-turn, but the JSO officers were able to stop him on the road. One officer got out of the passenger side of the vehicle, held his firearm up at Sanford and ordered him to get out of the vehicle. That's when Sanford reportedly stepped on the gas and drove toward the officer.
The officer jumped out of the way and Sanford crashed into the rear end of the JSO vehicle, police records say. He then took off back onto W. 43rd Street, causing police to lose sight of him.
The two officers issued a BOLO (be on the lookout) for Sanford and his vehicle.
Another JSO officer spotted Sanford at the intersection of Voorhies and Moncrief Roads and pursued him. A fourth officer joined the pursuit and tried to perform a Pursuit Intervention Technique (PIT) on Sanford on W. 8th Street and the Interstate 95 off-ramp, police say. Sanford reportedly turned his vehicle toward the fourth officer, rammed into him and caused the officer's vehicle to flip over.
Sanford continued to drive and rammed into the passenger side of a fifth officer who was situated at W. 8th Street near the I-95 northbound on-ramp, JSO said. The officer's vehicle immediately shut down and Sanford fled the scene.
The third officer who was still pursuing Sanford successfully performed a PIT on the I-95 northbound on-ramp and caused Sanford's vehicle to spin, police say. Sanford reportedly tried to drive the wrong way on the ramp, but ended up driving directly into a seventh officer, crashing head-on into his vehicle and disabled both vehicles, police say.
Sanford reportedly refused to get out of the vehicle, despite officer commands. One JSO officer tried to pull him from the vehicle and Sanford reportedly punched the officer in the face and knocked out the officer's tooth. The officer's upper lip also split, which caused him to bleed severely, JSO says.
Sanford continued to resist arrest and reported kept punching and kicking other officers, police say. JSO managed to get him in handcuffs after a struggle that resulted in two officers sustaining injuries.
Police searched Sanford and his vehicle. They say they found a glass crack pipe in his pants pocket.
Sanford was transported to UF Health after the incident.
Sanford now faces a $188,033 bond for his 11 charges, six of which are battery on a law enforcement officer. His next court date is Friday, Feb. 8 at 1 p.m.