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Cops and Robbers Chase Through A1A in Flagler at 90 mph Before Crash in St. Johns

| April 15, 2011

From left, Sergey Kozlov, 25, Kimberly Lynn Kozlov, 23, and Trevor Carlos Lefranc, 20.

A suspect wanted in connection with armed robberies at two Walgreens pharmacies—one on Wednesday in St. Johns, one on Tuesday in Holly Hill—was possibly located and pursued across Flagler County and into St. Johns Thursday afternoon (April 14) in a chase that reached speed of 90 miles per hour and avoided several stop sticks along State Road A1A in Flagler County before ending in a crash at US1 and County Road 206.

One of the three people in the eluding truck was ejected and suffered some injuries. All three were jailed just before midnight.

The three suspects are Sergey Kozlov, 25, who’s charged with robbery and larceny by the St. Johns Sheriff’s Office and fleeing and eluding police by the Flagler County Sheriff’s Office. He is being held on $50,000 bail; Kimberly Lynn Kozlov, 23, charged with larceny and robbery, and being held on $100,000 bail; and Trevor Carlos Lefranc, 20, charged with robbery and larceny and being held in $150,000 bail.

It’s not clear which of the three is the wanted robber. The trio was in a gray pickup truck with Utah tags.

The Kozlovs are from Draper, Utah, though Sergey Kozlov had a previous address at 4 Bolling Lane in Palm Coast, and at 10 Emerald Lane in Palm Coast. Lefranc is from West Salt Lake City, Utah. Sergey Kozlov has been jailed five previous times—three times in Volusia, twice in Flagler. One of those bookings in Flagler was for a shoplifting charge in May 2008, one was for violating probation five months later.

The chase began on Old Kings Road at 2 p.m., south of Graham Swamp. The trio, likely knowledgeable with the local roads, then went east on Palm Coast Parkway and took the toll bridge at 65 mph to A1A by way of 16th Road, where the truck eluded a second attempt to stop him with stop sticks. The chase reached 90 miles per hour at Matanzas Shores, then down to 75 mph around Marineland, then into St. Johns County, where the chase picked up speed again.

“He keeps avoiding sticks by going in the ditch,” one of the Flagler County Sheriff’s deputies involved in the chase reported, according to the transcript to the dispatch center.

As St. Johns Sheriff’s Office Sgt. Chuck Mulligan described it, “the pursuit continued into St. Johns County, and as it approached the intersection of State Road 206 and US1, the suspect’s vehicle turned into one of our patrol cars causing the truck to overturn. One of the individuals was ejected. However right now it appears to be no major injuries to the individuals inside that vehicle.”

Joe Barbot, an RV salesman at Ocean Grove RV, was in the middle of a sale when he heard the sirens. The sirens got louder. “All of a sudden I heard a big bang. I looked over and I saw the cop car do a pit maneuver. The truck spun around, went into the ditch, the gentleman flew out of the back of the truck, he tried to run, the cops were all drawing with their guns and surrounded him and he went down to the ground.”

County Rescue personnel transported the three suspects to Flagler Hospital in St. Augustine for treatment of non life threatening injuries before they were booked late in the evening. Detectives from the Holly Hill Police Department, along with St. Johns Sheriff’s Office robbery and homicide detectives, responded to continue the investigation into the armed robberies at the Holly Hill Walgreens and the one at the new Walgreens in the southern area of St. Johns County Thursday.


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12 Responses for “Cops and Robbers Chase Through A1A in Flagler at 90 mph Before Crash in St. Johns”

  1. palmcoaster says:

    Thank you so much for keeping us informed Flagler Live. I am glad this incident didn’t take place the day of the Rotary cycling event in A1A.

  2. Cheryl says:

    “County Rescue personnel transported the three suspects to Flagler Hospital in St. Augustine for treatment of non life threatening injuries before they were booked late in the evening.”

    These idiots probably don’t have health insurance so us working class will end up footing the bill. Should have stayed in Utah.

  3. The Truth says:

    The future of our country – loud and clear.

  4. BC Bellin says:

    I thought Flagler was a no-chase County? Mistaken?

    re: located and pursued across Flagler County and into St. Johns Thursday afternoon (April 14) in a chase that reached speed of 90 miles per hour and avoided several stop sticks along State Road A1A in Flagler County before ending in a crash at US1 and County Road 206.

    “He keeps avoiding sticks by going in the ditch,” one of the Flagler County Sheriff’s deputies involved in the chase reported, according to the transcript to the dispatch center.

  5. Charles Ericksen, Jr says:

    You are correct Cheryl, about the health insurance. The County is required by State law, to provide health insurance for anyone, in it’s jails. One case a few years ago, a prisoner attempted to get a kidney transplant. ( never got it, but it took a fight ), Last year, Flagler County paid over $500,000 in care,, Nice, huh??

  6. palmcoaster says:

    This same way was that a young sheriff deputy, husband and dad lost his life placing sticks to stop a crook several years ago (100 and 95 exit) when the bandit run him over.
    I believe that pursuits at high speed with or without sticks should not take place as risk innocent people lives. Good radio communication and follow up at a distance with law enforcement patrolmen in their cruisers strategically positioned along the detected road of the crooks, is what should be done. Also the use of the police helicopter communicating location of the crooks. I am totally against high speed chases too much adrenaline risking too many bystanders, drivers or cyclist.

  7. elaygee says:

    If you are arrested and suffer injuries, shall we let you die? that’s the choice you’re pushing. You haven’t been tried and convicted yet but we can let you die. is that what kind of country you want to live in?

  8. Mike Hawk says:

    I thought Flagler was a no-chase County? Mistaken?

    re: located and pursued across Flagler County and into St. Johns Thursday afternoon (April 14) in a chase that reached speed of 90 miles per hour and avoided several stop sticks along State Road A1A in Flagler County before ending in a crash at US1 and County Road 206.

    “He keeps avoiding sticks by going in the ditch,” one of the Flagler County Sheriff’s deputies involved in the chase reported, according to the transcript to the dispatch center.

    — You would be wrong… The Sheriff’s Office does.

  9. Think says:

    They will chase for forcible felonies as will any other department. Alot does go into consideration pertaining to safety.

  10. Outsider says:

    The truck ran my father-in-law off the road into a ditch on 206. I’ve always believed that once a perpetrator begins a high speed pursuit, they are endangering the welfare of innocent people, and any method should be allowed to stop the offender, including the use of deadly force. One sharp shooter could end this shortly after it begins, and BEFORE any innocent people are injured or killed.

  11. Elana Lee says:

    Outsider, I’m not quite sure how you propose this use of a sharp shooter to end this before any innocent people are injured or killed? Granted I can see we may be heading in that direction but wow. All things considered, this situation appears to have been handled well. No lives were lost. Had a “sharp shooter” taken out the driver, the vehicle could have crossed lanes of traffic and killed multiple innocent people. Possibly I misunderstood your proposed placement of the shooter? Add to that, during the chase, I doubt it was known for sure if the driver was a robber, or if he/she was being forced at gun-point to drive. That would not be good PR to have a sharp shooter take out a driver who was also a victim of a car-jacking by individuals who had robbed a pharmacy.

  12. Outsider says:

    I guess it might make more sense AFTER a mom and her kid in a baby carriage are run over. The police knew who was driving and what they did. The point is, I don’t see any difference between a criminal speeding through the streets in a two ton automobile and someone firing randomly into a crowd of people. Ten years ago in a similar situation, a fleeing suspect intentionally ran over Deputy Chuck Sease at the intersection of I-95 and SR 100 as he attempted to lay down stop sticks. Perhaps you’ve noticed the sign as you exited the highway. He was just doing his best to make sure the the situation ended without injury. Nice thanks he received from one of these pathetic losers. As I said before, the driver DID cross lanes of traffic; my father-in-law was observant enought to drive into the ditch, otherwise, it would have turned out differently.

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