Vigilante Car Chase: 2 Men Jailed For Pursuit Through Shopping Center Parking Lots
FlaglerLive | July 17, 2013
When and where cops set off a vehicle chase is prescribed by policy, to minimize the risk of injury. Cops do on occasion seem to speed around town recklessly, either to get to a scene or in pursuit of suspects. One such case resulted in the death of an innocent driver on State Road 100 in February, and injuries to the Flagler County Sheriff’s deputy speeding to a scene. But police reports frequently note the restraint of officers or deputies who purposefully de-escalate a chase when they sense that it may do more harm than good, even at the risk of losing a suspect.
When and where vigilantes set off chase is unpredictable, and can pose huge risks to drivers and pedestrians in the way.
Michael Marsh, 30, of 6 Raeitan Way in Palm Coast, and Andrew Hubbard, 26, of 11 Reine Place in Palm Coast, were jailed late Tuesday evening on aggravated assault charges stemming from a car chase they allegedly triggered and led through the parking lots of Walgreens, Publix and Winn Dixie in the heart of Palm Coast, at times endangering bystanders and riding on a curb.
According to a police report, Marsh suspected two people—Angelo Walsh and Alan Parker—of stealing from his girlfriend. He spotted them in the parking lot of Walgreens on Belle Terre Parkway. Walsh was at the wheel of a blue Chevrolet pick-up. Marsh was driving a gold 2007 Mercury four-door. He used the Mercury to cut off Walsh and prevent him from leaving the Walgreens parking lot. Walsh weaved the pick-up around the block and fled.
Marsh set chase “around town,” the report states, chasing Walsh through the Publix parking lot at 4950 Belle Terre Parkway, down Corporate Drive, then through the Winn Dixie parking lot on Palm Coast Parkway. Marsh tried several times to cut Walsh off, but was unsuccessful, the report states, though Walsh “had to drive his vehicle over a curb at one point to avoid a collision.”
Hubbard was a passenger in Marsh’s car. At one point he jumped out and started yelling at Marsh, with Marsh jabbing at Hubbard with an aluminum baseball bat. Hubbard “took the bat from [Walsh] and hit it on the front windshield of the Chevrolet truck,” the report states, some of the glass striking Walsh. Shannon Marty of Palm Coast and Matthew Haughton, 39, of Palm Coast, were in the pick-up during the incident.
Marsh and Hubbard then fled the scene, the report states. Several witnesses told police that the Mercury almost struck the pick-up several times.
Marsh and Hubbard were soon located in the Mercury at Walgreens, where cops conducted a traffic stop. Occupants of the pickup all identified the pair as their alleged assailants. The baseball bat was recovered at Belle Terre Parkway and Cypress Point Parkway.
Hubbard and Marsh were booked into the county jail, Marsh on $5,000 bond, which he posted, and Hubbard on $1,000 bond, which he had not posted by early afternoon Wednesday. Both had been booked at the jail several times previously. In April, Hubbard was charged with grand theft, battery on a detained person, and burglary of an occupied dwelling. Two years ago he faced a felony battery charge. Marsh was charged with probation violation in May, was charged with a felony count of driving on a suspended license in 2011, and grand theft and dealing in stolen property earlier that year.