ST. JOHNS COUNTY, Fla. - UPDATED STORIES: Jacksonville Beach man suspected in multicounty chase spat blood at deputies who tried to arrest him | Kidnapping victim says suspect wiped his blood on her during high-speed chase
UPDATE 10:41 P.M.:
All lanes of I-95 have been re-opened.
UPDATE FROM ST. JOHNS COUNTY SHERIFF'S OFFICE 9:30 P.M.:
The St. Johns County Sheriff's Office said it got a call about a reckless driver around 6 p.m. A deputy in the area of I-95 and the off ramp to State Road 16 was on the look-out for the vehicle.
According to the Sheriff's Office, the suspected vehicle drove alongside of the deputy's vehicle when the driver locked up the brakes and the car slide to a stop.
A passenger in the vehicle got out of the vehicle and ran the opposite direction, according to SJSO.
The other individual in the car got out of the car and the deputy noticed this individual was injured and covered in blood, according to SJSO.
The Sheriff's Office said the deputy tried to offer the injured person assistance when the individual became combative.
The person then ran into traffic and tried to steal a car that was stopped in traffic, SJSO said.
.@SJSOPIO: Suspect associated with felonies out of #Jacksonville pulled up to deputy and tried to steal cars right in front of him just after 6. Deputy used taser on suspect, but wires broke. An off-duty deputy pulled up in an undercover SUV & was grabbing items to help...— Russell Colburn (@RussellANjax) August 15, 2019
The Sheriff's Office said the deputy tried to stop the individual, who became more confrontational. The deputy deployed a stun gun, but it was unsuccessful to stop the individual.
The deputy attempted to handcuff the individual, when an off-duty Lt. arrived at the scene, according to SJSO.
The off-duty Lt. went to the back of his unmarked SUV to get additional equipment to help secure the individual, when the person broke free from the deputy, SJSO said.
The Sheriff's Office said the individual then got into the off-duty Lt.'s unmarked vehicle and fled down I-95 on the southbound side.
There was a high speed chase that ended with the use of a pit maneuver, according to SJSO.
You'll hear from a witness, all-new at 11.— Russell Colburn (@RussellANjax) August 15, 2019
"I had an unmarked car with its lights on come right up on me so I veered over to the left shoulder. That car had its tailgate open, which was followed by a number of cop cars. There had to be at least 15 to 20 cars." @ActionNewsJax https://t.co/CeHTKQVdH9
.@SJSOPIO: No deputies were hurt or fired their guns. I-95 South is expected to reopen in the next couple hours. Deputies here say @JSOPIO is working on gathering information to release. @ActionNewsJax has reached out and will keep you updated. @TenikkaANjax @BachmanANjax— Russell Colburn (@RussellANjax) August 15, 2019
The Sheriff's Office said that during the investigation it learned the individual was involved in multiple felony incidents in Jacksonville.
The Sheriff's Office said the individuals injuries the deputy observed are believed to have been sustained in the incidents in Jacksonville and that the Jacksonville Sheriff's Office will be holding a separate briefing detailing the series of criminal events.
The individual was taken to a local hospital in critical condition where he was stabilized, according to SJSO.
We are told @JSOPIO will brief us on what happened in Jacksonville --why he was covered in blood--before the chase and crash. A woman was also in the first car with him... before he took an unmarked patrol car that was chased. Hope to learn more on that too. @ActionNewsJax FOX30 https://t.co/3AuZCTQEje— John Bachman (@BachmanANjax) August 15, 2019
The St. Johns County Sheriff's Office is searching for subjects who stole a car near Interstate 95 and State Road 16.
UPDATE: I-95 South is SHUT DOWN at SR-206 due to police activity. JSO, FHP, and SJSO are all on scene.— SJSO (@SJSOPIO) August 14, 2019
We ask that everyone avoid the area and be patient if you are stuck in traffic. This is currently an ACTIVE SCENE and we will be redirecting traffic as we are able to do so.
St. Johns County deputies actively searching for subjects who stole a car.
SJSO said the person who took the car ditched the car and then ran.
Deputies are searching for the people who took the car. The Florida Highway Patrol is working to get more information.
Ground-level pic from source. Says vehicle in middle passed him with trunk open. Believes it was stolen car at center of this investigation. I-95 South closed near SR-16. @ActionNewsJax pic.twitter.com/nZyPznxtpF— Russell Colburn (@RussellANjax) August 14, 2019
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