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R-Section Cop Chase Ends in 3 Arrests and a Crash; Rymfire School Briefly Locked Down

| December 3, 2012

The suspect’s SUV overturned and blocked Royal Palms Parkway for half an hour Monday morning. (© FlaglerLive)

Last Updated: 6:58 p.m.

Three men are in police custody this morning, one of them after a lay-over at Florida Hospital Flagler, following a chase through Palm Coast’s R Section that ended with an SUV’s crash in the middle of Royal Palms Parkway.

The chase took place just after 9 a.m. Under-sheriff David O’Brien, at the scene, described the incident: “Potential burglary suspects back in the R-Section here. Deputy rolled up, caught two running across the yard, still in the very early stages right now.”

A third suspect evaded deputies in the SUV, a black Mercury Mountaineer with the words “Free Cobb,” or something to that effect, spray-painted in white on the back windshield. There is no inmate with the last name of Cobb currently jailed in Flagler County, but there are some 43 Cobbs serving time in state prisons in Florida. The words could just as possibly refer to free wares of some sort.


“School was locked down for a very short period of time, and we released them,” O’Brien said, referring to Rymfire Elementary School, a few blocks from the scene of the crash.

Early Monday evening, the sheriff’s office circulated a news release that identified the location of the alleged burglary as 33 Renshaw Drive. But the sheriff’s office says the burglary was unsuccessful. The Mountaineer was chased out of the R Section, coming out where Rymfire and Royal Palms meet. The SUV turned right, or west, going toward U.S.1, but tread marks on the two-lane road show wild and insistent swerving all over the road for about 50 yards, ending where the SUV did, on its side, facing southeast.

The third suspect in the SUV was apprehended and taken to Florida Hospital Flagler with minor injuries. No other vehicles were involved in the wreck. Numerous deputies and at least one detective were at the scene shortly after the wreck.

Jeremiah Harris

In its release, the sheriff’s office stated that only two people were involved, not three. One, Jeremiah Harris, 20, of Raintree Drive, was arrested as he walked away from the scene along Renshaw Drive. He is charged with burglary and loitering. The second man–the man at the wheel of the SUV–is not being identified by the sheriff’s office yet, as the investigation continues, and additional charges are pending. Harris has a long history of arrests in Flagler, for a variety of causes, including burglary, assault, fleeing and eluding police, grand theft, and more.

Royal Palms was shut down in both directions until a little before 10 a.m. Flagler County Fire Rescue, the Palm Coast Fire Department and the Palm Coast Fire Police responded to the scene, in addition to the sheriff’s office.

Free who? Click on the image for larger view. (© FlaglerLive)


The skid marks were all over Royal Palms Parkway, just west of the intersection with Rymfire. Click on the image for larger view. (© FlaglerLive)


The broader scene, after the car was set back on its wheels. Click on the image for larger view. (© FlaglerLive)


The SUV after it was righted. Click on the image for larger view. (© FlaglerLive)

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25 Responses for “R-Section Cop Chase Ends in 3 Arrests and a Crash; Rymfire School Briefly Locked Down”

  1. In the know says:

    It reads “FREE COZY” referring to Mr. Cozy Jones of South Bunnell. Just FYI.

    • DOING THE MOST says:

      IT SAYS FREE COBO

    • ftp says:

      those punks tried to break in very close to were my dearest favorite cousin lives .. lucky the cops got em n not my cousin .. shes packin a killa louis viton 9mm edition snw….what is wrong with palm coast it should be called comp post….. this town sucks n so do the fcso.. n what kind of dum dums try n rob a house with free cozy on their back window a only a dan can do that …. hope they lock em up ..iam thinking of catchin a disorderly charge just so i can give em a beat down …..iam very upset ….

  2. Anonymous says:

    i think it reads “free corn”

  3. patti bissonnette says:

    Maybe they can just go and become room mates with their friend! Time for more patrols in “R” section. It is a racetrack on my street and I don’t think I have ever seen more than two vehicles stopped here in almost 8 years!

  4. Pcadiron says:

    Wonder if these are the same 3 who broke into the Seminole woods home?

  5. i think says:

    free corn, as in cornelius

  6. Outsider says:

    That was my first though, Pcadiron. Regardless, this place is getting sketchier every day. I drove through part of the R section last week; thoroughly unimpressed.

  7. Shelly McCarty says:

    Pretty stupid trying to pull off a burglary and you’re driving a vehicle with big white letters on the back window.

  8. Lonewolf says:

    High speed chases by elementary schools…nice going cops

  9. puppy101 says:

    I go to that school and i was in the lock down and it took about 5 minutes nothing bad happended the cops knew they were goin to pass the school so to be safe they decided to call a lock down nothing bad happended they pasted the school and once the vehical crashed the called the school and ended the lock down
    my opinion is more paatrols in the r section not the first or last time this happended

  10. Ben Dover says:

    Once again, if the morons in code enforcement would stop letting them put section 8 `s in our neighborhoods, we would not have all this crime, they don t work, its supposed to be just a mother and her children , but it ends up being her drug dealing boyfriend and all his clients and friends, They can t afford the rent ,but got brand new SUV`s with big blasting stereo`s , gold chains like MR T around their necks , gold teeth , living rent free like kings ,Florida has got to be the dumbest state in doling out money and food stamps to people who don t need it , then screw the people who worked their whole lives and paid into it. But you understand why when you call and try to talk to someone the inmates are running the asylum.

    • Singlemom says:

      That is such a horrible thing to state about people who are on section 8. Section 8 is designed for families in need, not just single moms and their children. I was a recipient of section 8 housing for a few years while I was working and putting myself through college to better myself and find a safe place to live for myself and my children. Some are just working individuals who cannot make enough to afford safe and decent housing and this program is their only option. Not all people who receive public assistance are what you so narrow-mindedly have depicted in your comment.

    • cindy says:

      i am glad that you are so fortunate. but think about that mother and her children and what she is probably going thru.

    • Deep South says:

      Ben, the real problem is the owners and realtors allowing anybody to rent their homes, without doing a thorough background check on the potential tenant. I put the blame on the city for not having a ordinance that prohibit homes to be leased without these ordinances.

  11. NYC KID says:

    KARMA….:-)

  12. unreal says:

    Its crazy to me that in another article it talks about a resident getting arrested for protecting his house. This is not fantasyland. When will people (FCSO, city council, county administration) realize that SCUM is taking over this city? I recently purchased a home here and wish I didn’t. I do understand that society sucks everywhere, but this is such a beautiful city that is turning into a ghetto. If nothing gets done to stop these pieces of crap from moving into our city, we are in for a real problem.

  13. Geezer says:

    Recently I mentioned here how PC wasn’t so bad in comparison to Deltona.
    I might have to reevaluate.

  14. Jenn-Dom Di Geronimo says:

    I wonder if they have a friend in jail by the name of Cobb? either way dude it is not cool what u did. hope you rot in jail with ur buddy you better count your blessing nobody was killed.

  15. Maryjoe says:

    Seriously? You want code enforcement of all people to tell homeowners who they can put in their homes? I sure don’t. I would like the property manager of the property to properly screen the tenants. That’s a start. I’d also really like for someone with an extensive record to actually go to jail vs just bond out. :)

  16. Really?? says:

    IT SAY FREE COBO HOW WOULD U LIKE IT IF YOUT INNOCENT NAME WAS POSTED ON A WEBSITE WITH A CRIME LIKE THIS?? IT DONT EVEN MATTER WHAT THE CAR SAYS OBVIOUSLY IF IT SAYS FREE EM THEY AINT DO IT!

  17. BUNNELL BABEE says:

    SHIT FREE COBO, FREE COREY AND THE REST OF BUNNELL ! FUCK WHO DON’T LIKE IT !!!

  18. Kurt says:

    Jeremiah Harris was just released from prison a month ago. What was he in prison for you ask….burglaries in the R section. Just hope the judge sends him back and leaves him there cause he’ll never learn.

  19. Lawman says:

    Its time for our government to build new and very large prisons. All this gang crap and people robbing us needs to end. If your a gang memeber you should be shot on sight. If you go to jail you should never get out. Our kids need to grow up in a safe place. And the pairents need to teach kids to work hard for a good future. Not steal and rob and be in gangs. If you are a drug dealer and are busted for such, you should be locked away forever.

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