Mayhem on Belle Terre: 4 Teens Arrested in Stolen Car After a Chase, A Crash and a Foot Pursuit in R-Section
FlaglerLive | January 15, 2014
It all began with what was supposed to be a routine check of a probationer in Palm Coast’s E Section.
Late Tuesday afternoon, the Flagler County Sheriff’s Safe Neighborhood Unit was preparing to conduct the check at the probationer’s home when a detective got a report that a green Ford Fusion that had been reported stolen was possibly in the driveway of the house deputies were about to visit.
A deputy actually spotted the Ford at a red light on Easthampton drive. It had been stolen from Volusia County. The Ford made a left turn and traveled north on Belle Terre Parkway. Deputy Joseph Barile was in pursuit, but when he activated his emergency lights, the Ford accelerated “and swerved in the grassy median and returned to the roadway almost striking the front of my vehicle,” Barile reported.
“I then activated my emergency siren in attempt to get the vehicle to stop. The vehicle did not stop and continued to accelerate, appearing to flee from law enforcement. The vehicle continued to flee through the intersection of Royal Palms Parkway. At that time I began to distance myself from the vehicle due to the reckless behavior. I then observed the vehicle travel off the east side of the road and travel on the sidewalk of Belle Terre Parkway. At that time for the safety of the public, the pursuit was terminated and all units involved terminated their lights and sirens in the area of Rymfire Drive.”
It is common practice among sheriff’s deputies to put prudence ahead of pursuits when there is a danger of harming bystanders.
As Barile continued north, he saw the Fusion appearing to be spinning in the median then against traffic on Belle Terre, near Ponce De Leon Drive. The vehicle then crashed. Several individuals fled from it, running north on the west side of Belle Terre Parkway, then west into the woods. Barile started pursuing them on foot.
“After a short distance in the woods, I observed a male near a wooden fence with his back to me,” the deputy reported. “I then drew my department issued Glock 22C to a low ready position and ordered the subject to show me his hands. The subject then turned around and was holding a young female juvenile in his arms. Due to prior incidents, I was able to immediately identify the male as [redacted]. I advised [him] to put the child down and keep his hands where I can see them. He complied with my orders and he was placed in custody.”
The child was later determined to be the suspect’s younger sister. She told police that she was on his lap the entire time the vehicle was fleeing, and he carried her into the woods while he was fleeing on foot. He advised at one point that he dropped her in the woods and thorns pricked her causing her to cry.
The girl was just 2 years old.
The other suspects Barile had spotted were still at large. A perimeter was established and K-9 units brought in. In the area of Rae Drive, a witness told police that he observed three black males fleeing on foot. He pointed the direction. K-9s tracked behind 63 Raleigh Drive, where they located one of the suspects, Kelvin Parks, 18, who was hiding inside a screened-in porch enclosure. The two other suspects—juveniles whose names were not released because of their age—were also found.
The residence was vacant and did not belong to any of the suspects. The three suspects were detained.
A search of the Ford revealed a clear plastic baggy of marijuana weighing 15 grams. It was wedged between the driver’s seat and the door. A Springfield 9mm handgun was also recovered from the back seat. The gun had been stolen from a vehicle on November 11, 2013, from 42 Rycliffe Drive in Palm Coast.
A girl was located still inside the Ford. She had not fled. She had to be extracted by firefighters. Once extracted, she was taken to Florida Hospital Flagler, but with no visible injuries.
A detective interviewed her at the hospital, where she said she’d asked the driver to let her out once the pursuit began but he refused. That was why she had not fled, she told police. All other suspects were taken to the Investigative Services Division for a recorded interview.