Titusville Police Nab Perp After Car Chase Ends in Crash, Suspect Jumped into Indian River to Elude Capture
By Space Coast Daily // May 11, 2020
the suspect fled the scene on foot and entered the waters of the Indian River Lagoon
POLICE: Suspect was in possession of 10 grams of heroin and Drug Trafficking Charges are pending
BREVARD COUNTY • TITUSVILLE, FLORIDA – Titusville police officers took a local man into custody after he fled from a traffic stop, took the officers on a wild chase before crashing his car, and then tried to escape by swimming into the Indian River.
According to Titusville Police Public Information Officer Amy Matthews, Qwentez Shyheim Keels, 25, of Titusville, will be charged with Aggravated Fleeing and Eluding and Leaving the Scene of an Accident with Property Damage.
Matthews said Keels was in possession of 10 grams of heroin and Drug Trafficking Charges are pending.
“At approximately 11 a.m. on Monday, Titusville police initiated a traffic stop on the suspect who was driving a black 2019 Nissan Altima near the intersection of Grannis Avenue and Palmetto Avenue,” said Matthews in a release.
“The suspect did not comply, fled from police, and headed eastbound on South Street then southbound on South Washington Avenue. While driving recklessly, the suspect lost control and crashed the vehicle on the northbound side of South Washington Avenue near the intersection of King’s Highway.”
Matthews said the suspect then fled the scene on foot and jumped into the Indian River Lagoon in an attempt to evade the police, but within minutes, officers took the suspect into custody without incident.
Keels was transported to a local hospital with non-life-threatening injuries. No other injuries were reported and no other vehicles were involved in the crash.
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