POPLAR SPRINGS — Holmes County Sheriff’s Office reported the arrest of Zachary Maize Andrews, 25, of Bonifay following a high speed chase on Jan. 5.
According to the report, the Jackson County Sheriff’s Office initiated a traffic stop on a white Ford Mustang near Graceville on the evening of Jan. 5 and the driver refused to stop, attempting to elude the deputy for several miles, eventually entering Holmes County in the Poplar Springs Community.
After the vehicle became disabled on North Holmes Creek Road, the driver, Andrews, fled on foot, but was captured by the Jackson County Deputy after a short foot pursuit, according to the report.
Deputies then located methamphetamine in Andrews’ vehicle and Andrews was then placed in the rear of a Holmes County patrol car, according to the report.
Moments later, deputies discovered that Andrews had escaped from the rear of the patrol car and deputies from Holmes and Jackson County, along with the Graceville Police Department and the Florida Department of Corrections, spend the next several hours searching the area for Andrews to no avail, according to the report.
At 11:15 p.m., however, a 911 call was received from a residence on North Holmes Creek Road regarding a burglary.
The victims had awakened to the sound of Andrews entering the residence through a window and the homeowner retrieved his firearm and confronted Andrews, according to the report.
Andrews then grabbed the keys to the homeowners’ GMC 2500 pickup truck and fled with the vehicle, according to the report. A short while later, Graceville Police Department located the stolen pickup and attempted to conduct a felony stop when the Andrews backed the pickup into the patrol car disabling it, then forcing another patrol car into the ditch, according to the report.
With the help of an onboard tracking system, the pickup was located a short while later just north of Bonifay and a Bonifay Police Officer then located the vehicle, however the Andrews once again fled in the pickup.
According to the report, after a short pursuit, the suspect crashed through a fence, traveled through a pasture and crashed into a pond.
The Bonifay officer, in an effort to avoid the pickup, ran his patrol car into the ditch and crashed his vehicle and Andrews then fled into the woods. After an extensive search, Andrews was located several hundred yards away hiding in a swamp.
Also, while responding to assist the Bonifay officer, a deputy from the Holmes County Sheriff’s Office was traveling westbound on State Road 2 when her vehicle hydroplaned and crashed into the woods, according to the report.
Both officers were treated and released for their injuries.
Andrews is being charged with escape, burglary of an occupied dwelling and grand theft auto and remains in the Holmes County Jail awaiting First Appearance, with charges pending in Jackson County, according to the report.
Sheriff Brown would like to thank the Jackson County Sheriff’s Office, Washington County Sheriff’s Office, Bonifay Police Department, Graceville Police Department, Florida Highway Patrol and Holmes Correction Institution K-9 team for their assistance.