The sheriff says a driver who threw tools while being pursued by Florida cops turned out to be a fugitive


a A baffling crime spree A warrant that involved a driver throwing tools from a stolen truck began to make sense when deputies realized the suspect had just escaped from jail, according to investigators in Florida.

The strange series of events began around 12:15 p.m. on Wednesday, Jan. 17, when a school resource officer saw a barefoot man climbing a fence at Moore Haven High School, the Glades County Sheriff’s Office said. Moore Haven is located about 110 miles northwest of Miami.

“The subject made his way to the Moore Haven Post Office where he was attempting to steal a mailman’s personal vehicle,” the Sheriff’s Office said in a news release.

“The postman was able to lock the doors so the person was unable to get in and then stole a blue bike and was fleeing the area.”

A pursuit followed him to a nearby ATV shop, “where the subject was able to steal a white 2005 Chevrolet pickup that was not occupied but was running,” deputies said.

A 16-foot utility trailer is attached to the back of the truck, making it unmissable in traffic.

Deputies were pursuing the truck and trailer on U.S. 27 when the driver began “throwing tools at deputies,” officials said.

“As the subject approached the US27 and SR29 intersection, he lost control of the vehicle and struck a gold GMC Arcadia. Deputies were able to arrest the subject at approximately 12:34 p.m.,” officials said.

“While deputies were on scene, the Gladys County Sheriff’s Office (Jail Division) informed deputies (the driver) had just escaped from the jail training yard at approximately 12:14 p.m.

Officials said the 35-year-old suspect was taken to the hospital to be examined for injuries, then arrested and charged with “escape, attempted auto theft, grand theft auto, fleeing from a vehicle, and throwing deadly missiles from a vehicle.”

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