Brevard Sheriff’s Deputies Pursue, Apprehend Armed Car Jacker After Multi-County Chase
By Wayne Ivey, Brevard County Sheriff // April 29, 2018
Stolen Jaguar SUV reached speeds nearing 100 MPH
BREVARD COUNTY, FLORIDA– Early Saturday afternoon the Brevard County Sheriff’s Office Communication Center received information from the Indian River County Sheriff’s Office that there was a Black Jaguar SUV northbound on U.S. 1, doing approximately 100 miles per hour that had been stolen during an armed carjacking.
According to the initial report, the vehicle was occupied by two male suspects and a female suspect who was reportedly armed with a semi-automatic handgun that was used during the carjacking.
Additionally, a Sebastian police officer was following the vehicle as it entered Brevard County on U.S. 1.
Brevard County Sheriff’s Deputy Bill Hammer was able to intercept the vehicle in the 5900 block of south U.S.1 and was joined by an Indian River County Deputy.
As Deputy Hammer was positioning to engage the vehicle, the charges were confirmed over the radio that the vehicle and occupants were involved in an armed carjacking and had stolen the vehicle.
Deputy Hammer then attempted to stop the vehicle at which time the vehicle fled and a pursuit was initiated.
The pursuit continued into the cities of Palm Bay and Melbourne where officers from Palm Bay and Melbourne assisted in trying to stop the vehicle by successfully deploying “stop sticks” to deflate the vehicle’s tires along University Boulevard.
Even with the vehicle’s tires deflated, the pursuit continued until Deputy Hammer utilized a PIT maneuver to bring the fleeing vehicle to a stop.
During the PIT maneuver, Deputy Hammer’s patrol car got caught on the suspect vehicle, which still continued to try and elude arrest. At one point, the suspect vehicle attempted to force Deputy Hammer’s patrol car off the road and almost flipped the patrol unit.
The suspect vehicle eventually stopped, at which time Deputies Hammer and Guttebo with the assistance of Melbourne police quickly apprehended the occupants of the vehicle, a black male juvenile driver and black female juvenile passenger.
During a search of the vehicle, a handgun was found inside which was consistent with the initial call.
It was later confirmed that the initial crime had occurred in Martin County and that agents from the Martin County Sheriff’s Office would be responding to the scene to place formal charges on the suspects for Armed Carjacking, with our agency also applying local charges as well.
This case is another great example of just how well our local Law Enforcement Agencies work together to keep our community safe.
I could not be more proud of Deputy Hammer and Deputy Guttebo for their efforts in getting these violent criminals off our streets and for putting their lives at risk to keep our community safe.
– Sheriff Wayne Ivey
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