|Suspect in Stolen Car Ring Arrested|
Upon accessing the vehicle’s status by running the rear license plate and the vehicle identification number for its possible criminal history, it was determined that the vehicle was stolen from an auto yard operated by
At gunpoint, the sheriff’s officers repeatedly ordered the suspect to turn off the ignition and exit the Jeep. These commands were ignored by the suspect who put the car in gear and accelerated away from the scene. As the suspect sped away, the vehicle hit sheriff’s officer
Kihlberg and his partner pursued the suspect vehicle, traveling south on
Fontoura added that at this point his officers exercised sound judgment and terminated the pursuit for fear of danger to the public.
A few hours later another sheriff’s officer on patrol encountered the stolen Jeep being driven by a male who matched the description of the earlier suspect at
“Motor vehicle pursuit under these conditions is extremely hazardous to our officers and the general public,”
The stolen Jeep was spotted for the third and last time by sheriff’s officers at when it pulled up in front of
Back-up units immediately responded to the scene and the suspect, later identified as Kelvin Speight, age 47, was seen running from the rear of the building.
Fontoura said the officers initiated foot pursuit and chased Speight through neighboring backyards and over a barbed wire fence.
The sheriff’s officers found Speight hiding under a bench in a nearby garage. The suspect again ran from the officers and attempted to scale a fence but was pulled to the ground. Speight fought with the officers by kicking them and flailing his arms. He was eventually subdued and arrested.
During a pat-down search the key to the stolen Jeep was discovered on Speight’s person.
Speight was charged with aggravated assault on a police officer, resisting arrest by flight, resisting arrest by physical force on a law enforcement officer, receiving stolen property and eluding police. Speight was also found to be the subject of open criminal warrants issued by the
Prior to his lodging at the county jail, the suspect was treated for the injuries he received while fleeing at