Police looking for driver who fled from multi-department police chase
HAWTHORNE, Fla. -- A high speed chase through two counties and crash led to a multi-agency manhunt overnight.
The car chase went through two counties.
The unknown man was chased from Lawtey all the way down to Hawthorne leading to a four hour manhunt.
"If he's armed, consider him dangerous," said Major Barry Warren with the Starke Police Dept.
Exclusive dash-cam video from one of the police cars chasing the suspect shows the unknown man running out into the woods from police, leaving the car he wrecked on the side of the road.
It all started Thursday evening when Lawtey Police tried to pull over a driver in a silver 2015 Kia Forte going at a high speed southbound on U.S. Highway 301.
He refused to stop, and disobeyed several traffic laws all the way down to Hawthorne.
Major Warren said, "At one point he also changed lanes. He was going southbound in the northbound lane with oncoming traffic."
The car is hidden behind the trees in the video where it slammed into an FDLE power pole.
"It pretty much caught on the passenger side front end. The suspect bailed out of the vehicle, fled near some houses and disappeared into the woods," said Major Warren.
In the car, police found an empty holster, empty magazines, and several different types of ammunition.
"In observing the video of him running from the vehicle, his right hand was maintained towards the right front of his waist of his body. Whether he was trying to conceal a firearm while he was running I do not know," Warren said.
The search for the man went on for four hours. Police dogs and S.W.A.T. teams from the Alachua County Sheriff's Office joined Bradford County deputies and police officers to help track him down.
The car he ditched was a rental, but was not reported stolen.
Major Warren said that information is helping them get closer to solving the case. "Through the person who rented the vehicle, I did find people who may have been or had access to he vehicle and we're trying to identify him that way at this time."
The multi-agency manhunt was suspended early this morning, but law enforcement officials are still on the lookout for the man, last seen in Hawthorne off 301.
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