Bonifay Man arrested after car chases, escape

Published: Monday, January 6, 2014 at 05:10 PM.

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.

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