#GTA904: Stolen U-Haul Chase Ends In Spike Strips And Chopper Search
It's like something straight out of Grand Theft Auto, as early this morning as 22 year old Joshua Martin led police on a wild chase in a stolen moving truck.
As you'll see from the police report, pretty much all of Martin's stars were filled up...
OFFICIAL POLICE REPORT: Today, at approximately 0733 hours, deputies were notified by dispatch of a possible stolen vehicle driving west on State Road 16 from Interstate 95. The vehicle was described to be a U-Haul truck bearing Arizona license plate AG77598. While searching the area, Detective Ackerman #13904 located the stolen vehicle at State Road 16 and State Road 13 N. Detective Ackerman attempted to conduct a traffic stop on the vehicle however the driver refused to stop. Detective Ackerman followed the vehicle from a safe distance until stop sticks were successfully deployed at County Road 16A and Athens Drive.
The stolen vehicle continued to drive east onto State Road 16, through the parking lots of two businesses, then back east on State Road 16 toward Interstate 95.
Stop sticks were successfully deployed again in the 2900 block of State Road 18 but the vehicle continued driving east on State Road 18.
As the stolen vehicle approached the intersection of State Road 16 and Interstate 95, a burgundy GMC Acadia (bearing Florida license plate COF3444) was stopped in the left lane at the red light traffic signal. The driver of the stolen vehicle (later identified as the defendant) intentionally struck the rear bumper of the Acadia, causing the Acadia to be pushed out into traffic in the intersection. The stolen vehicle continued east on State Road 16 and began to lose most of the tires.
The stolen vehicle continued to flee on rims causing damage to the roadway. The stolen vehicle eventually turned south onto Four Mile Road, struck the curbs driving over the round a bout at Four Mile Road/N Volusia Street, drove east on West King Street to South Whitney Street, then got stuck on Live Oak Street.
The defendant (sole occupant of the vehicle) opened the door and fled on foot. Several deputies, K9 deputies, and the air unit responded to establish a perimeter. The defendant was eventually located running on Lena Street where he was taken into custody without incident.
The defendant refused to speak with deputies or answer any questions.
The U-Haul truck was confirmed stolen from Jacksonville, FL. Further investigation revealed the defendant has never been issued a driver's license and was on active felony probation for armed robbery (case number S42338). The victim from the aggravated assault reported no injury as a result from the defendant ramming his vehicle; however, the victim's vehicle sustained rear end damage and a flat tire.
The defendant was transported to Flagler Hospital for medical clearance then transported to the St. Johns County Jail without incident.
He was booked on charges including, grand theft auto (see), reckless driving, operating a motor vehicle without a valid license, fleeing with disregard to persons or property, aggravated assault with a deadly weapon (w/o intent to kill) and obstruction.