PALATKA, Fla.-- Deputies say it took more than stop sticks to catch a suspected car thief. The Putnam County Sheriff's Office says they responded to a stolen vehicle call on Roselle Avenue at 12:50 a.m. Sunday. The victim told deputies she left her 1999 Toyota Corolla unlocked and keys inside the car as she was going to be home for a brief moment. The victim told deputies the car was gone when she came back outside.
Around 5 a.m. deputies say they saw a car with a license plate matching the description of the stolen vehicle. When deputies tried to pull over the car, they say, the driver refused to stop. After a short chase, deputies put out stop sticks along Roddy Road and Alabama Avenue. However, they say the driver maneuvered around them, slammed into a chain link fence and continued driving. Eventually, the driver slammed into several trees on Silver Lake Drive.
Deputies say the driver, Townsend Harris, then got out of the car and tried to run away. He was caught a short time later.
Harris was arrested and charged with two counts of hit and run, aggravated fleeing and eluding law enforcement, vehicle theft, larceny, and resisting law enforcement without violence. Harris is being held in the Putnam County Jail with a bail amount of $4,524.