Newspaper article The Florida Times Union

Police Briefing Man Faces Charges after Leading Police on Chase

Newspaper article The Florida Times Union

Police Briefing Man Faces Charges after Leading Police on Chase

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Byline: Dan Scanlan, Times-Union staff writer

A 22-year-old Mandarin man was arrested April 24 on charges of leaving the scene of an accident and trying to elude a police officer after police said he led an officer on a chase through Mandarin April 15 before bailing out of his truck and running away in the 11800 block of Flynn Road.

The man, of the 11000 block of Acosta Road, was booked into the Duval County jail on $15,000 bond and will be arraigned May 16, police said.

The incident began at 2:15 a.m. April 15, when police said an officer saw a Dodge truck with a taillight out in the 11100 block of San Jose Boulevard doing 55 mph in a 45 mph zone. The officer paced the truck for a block before switching on lights and sirens and trying to pull him over. But the man didn't stop, and turned down Mandarin Road and into a parking lot before exiting back onto San Jose Boulevard southbound.

At Loretto Road, police said the man turned west until he got to Flynn Road, where he drove into a pile of dirt at a construction site and jumped out. A canine officer trailed the man's scent into woods west of Flynn Road and couldn't find him. Police were able to track the driver through the truck's owner, who was his father. An arrest warrant was issued by a judge April 16, and officers said he turned himself in at 9:30 a.m. April 24.

Following are the crimes and other incidents reported recently in Mandarin and Northwest St. Johns County, according to the Jacksonville and St. Johns County sheriffs offices:

DUVAL COUNTY

-- Two homes were burglarized April 24 in the 5400 block of Cumberland Forest Lane North. In one case, police said a fax machine, video player, vacuum cleaner, gold watch, diamond earrings and six other pieces of gold and precious stone jewelry valued together at $2,120 were stolen between 6:40 a.m. and 1:30 p.m. April 24 after someone smashed out a window.

While police were investigating that one, they discovered a second house next door had been broken into the same way and a computer system valued together at $3,446, plus two laptop computers valued together at $3,500, were stolen. …

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