Monday, January 14, 2008

Teen Leads Deputies On Car Chase

A 15-year-old boy was arrested Sunday after he led deputies on a car chase through Immokalee neighborhoods.

Andrew Lee Jaques, 502 Palm Ridge Drive, Immokalee, was charged with fleeing and eluding and driving without a valid license.

Reports say that around 1:11 a.m. Jaques was behind the wheel of a 1994 red Lincoln four-door car with four passengers that was traveling at a slow rate of speed south on 9th Street. Someone threw a glass container and a white cloth out of the rear driver’s- side window onto the street.

Deputies patrolling the area attempted to pull the Lincoln over for littering, but the driver failed to stop and continued traveling north onto 7th Street toward west Main Street. Deputies activated their emergency lights and sirens, but the Lincoln continued northbound onto Seventh Street. The Lincoln turned east onto West Main, traveling 60 mph in a 35 mph zone.

The Lincoln began weaving in and out of traffic in the 200 block of West Main, a highly populated pedestrian area. The Lincoln made a sharp right turn onto South 1st Street, fishtailing several times before the driver regained control. Deputies continued to give chase as the Lincoln traveled through several residential streets at speeds reaching 50 mph.

The Lincoln slowed down at the intersection of Glenwood Street and Palm Ridge Drive and one of the passengers jumped out of the car and ran to a nearby housing complex. Deputies continued to pursue the Lincoln, before ending their pursuit at 502 Palm Ridge Drive.

A search of the housing complex failed to turn up the unidentified passenger.