Police Capture Suspect After High Speed Pursuit
By Space Coast Daily // September 24, 2014
POLICE RELEASE AUDIO RECORDING OF 911 CALL
ABOVE MAP: Officers from Palm Bay Police Department and West Melbourne worked together and successfully took David Leo Vaughn into custody without incident at approximately 8:48 a.m.
WEST MELBOURNE, FLORIDA — West Melbourne Police officers apprehended suspect David Leo Vaughn of Palm Bay after a high speed pursuit that ended in Palm Bay.
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According to West Melbourne Police Lieutenant Richard Cordeau, the initial altercation began at approximately 3:15 a.m. Wednesday morning, when officers from the West Melbourne Police Department attempted to conduct a traffic stop on a dark green Cadillac STS in the area of West New Haven Avenue and Dayton Boulevard.
The vehicle failed to stop and almost struck a West Melbourne Police cruiser, then fled northbound on Dayton Blvd into Melbourne Village.
According to Cordeau, officers lost sight of the vehicle, but while searching the residential streets of Norman Drive and South Drive in the Town of Melbourne Village, the vehicle nearly struck a stopped West Melbourne police cruiser head on at an estimated 60 miles per hour.
The officer feared that a crash was imminent, but was able to back her patrol car up to avoid a collision.
With a new charge of aggravated assault on a law enforcement officer, West Melbourne police initiated a pursuit. The vehicle ultimately fled at high rates of speed into the City of Palm Bay where officers lost sight of the vehicle near Foundation Parkway.
Officers gathered intelligence from a witness in the investigation and learned the suspect was at 830 Bay Harbor Boulevard in Palm Bay.
Officers from Palm Bay Police Department and West Melbourne worked together and successfully took the suspect into custody without incident at approximately 8:48 a.m. Vaughn was arrested and charged with Aggravated Assault on a Law Enforcement Officer, Aggravated Fleeing and Eluding, Reckless Driving, and Driving While License Suspended.
Vaughn will be booked at the Brevard County Jail and held on a $31,000 bond for the charges in West Melbourne.