Cocoa Man Arrested After Leading Melbourne Police On 10-Mile High Speed Car Chase
By Space Coast Daily // April 7, 2018
DeWight Javon Marquis Hicks, 25, arrested
BREVARD COUNTY • MELBOURNE, FLORIDA – Melbourne Police arrested a Cocoa man Friday night after a 10-mile car chase that began with the man speeding away from cops during a traffic stop.
The perp has been identified as 25-year-old DeWight Javon Marquis Hicks.
Police say on Friday, at around 6:28 p.m., Melbourne Police Officers Brian Hart and Christopher Clayton performed a traffic stop on Hicks, who was driving a 2003 Nissan Altima along Babcock St. and New Haven Ave.
Police believed Hicks was behind the wheel, who was wanted for a shooting incident that ended with a man being shot in the leg back on March 30.
When police pulled over the vehicle, officers got out of their cars to approach the vehicle, only to have Hicks take off in his vehicle.
Hicks led police on 10-mile vehicle pursuit through South Melbourne and into Northeast Palm Bay.
“During this pursuit, Hicks drove at speeds up to 80-MPH and through several red lights,” said Lt. Trevor Shaffer of the Melbourne Police Department.
“Furthermore, while in the area of Dairy Rd. and Eber Blvd, he threw a hand gun and drugs out the window. Hicks eventually stopped in the area of 3814 Tree Ridge Ln where he was taken into custody.”
Police located the firearm and drugs later on, thanks to a K-9 unit.
Hicks was booked in by the Melbourne Police Department and, subsequently, handed over to the Brevard County Jail.
Hicks has been charged with the following:
– Fleeing/Attempting to Elude
– Poss. of a Firearm by a Convicted Felon
– Trafficking in Oxycodone
– Poss. of Methamphetamine
– Felony Possession of Marijuana
– Possession of Drug Paraphernalia
– Warrant for Aggravated Battery
– Warrant for Poss of Firearm by a Felon
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