Newspaper article The Florida Times Union

2 Car Chases in a Week Get Drivers Arrested on Multiple Charges; in the Most Recent, a Man Wanted in Clay County Was Tracked in Jacksonville Via His Cell Phone

Newspaper article The Florida Times Union

2 Car Chases in a Week Get Drivers Arrested on Multiple Charges; in the Most Recent, a Man Wanted in Clay County Was Tracked in Jacksonville Via His Cell Phone

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Byline: Dan Scanlan, Times-Union staff writer

One Southside police chase ended when the driver was found Tuesday night via a high-tech tracking system, police said. A week earlier, another pursuit ended when the driver slid into a Southside ditch following a high-speed chase across the city.

Tuesday's chase ended with the arrest of a 41-year-old Orange Park man on charges of reckless driving, fleeing an officer, speeding, possession of drug paraphernalia and littering, after he refused to pull over for police on Interstate 95 near Baymeadows Road, police said.

After the Feb. 17 chase, a 46-year-old Westside woman was arrested on five charges of leaving the scenes of accidents, plus fleeing a police officer and failure to maintain a lane after she hit car after car on a high-speed chase that started on Interstate 295 near Duval Road. The incident ended with her car in a ditch in the 2400 block of St. Johns Bluff Road, police said.

In Tuesday's chase, which started at 5:35 p.m., Clay County deputies in an unmarked car radioed the Jacksonville Sheriff's Office for assistance in stopping a man they were tailing on Butler Boulevard near Interstate 95. The man was wanted on a Clay County arrest warrant and had been tracked into Jacksonville by two of their deputies via a system that tracks cellular telephone use, said Clay County Sheriff's Office spokeswoman Mary Justino.

"We knew his cell phone number and he was actively using it," Justino said. "We were able to track his call and use a positioning system that told us within a certain distance where he was in Jacksonville. That is how we were able to get behind him."

A Jacksonville police officer pulled behind the man's black Honda CR-V as he and the deputies merged onto I-95. The officer flipped on his emergency lights, and the driver acted as if he was going to pull over into the emergency lane. But the Honda pulled back onto the interstate, accelerating to 80 mph as it weaved in and out of traffic, police said.

The officer turned on his siren, and the Honda's driver moved into the emergency lane again. But he stuck both hands out his window while going 70 mph and threw pencils and other articles at the pursuing officer before pulling over for good near the Baymeadows Road exit, police said. …

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