GRACEVILLE — Police arrested a man on drug and burglary charges Friday, Feb. 15, following a high-speed pursuit, according to a Graceville Police Department report.
Graceville Police arrested Barry James Parrish Jr. of Blountstown on multiple felony charges, including aggravated fleeing/attempt to elude, possession of a weapon during a criminal offense, possession of controlled substance and drug paraphernalia, possession of burglary tools, and aggravated assault on a law enforcement officer.
Police say Parrish has been linked with multiple burglaries that occurred in the city of Graceville between Thursday, Feb. 14, and Friday Feb. 15.
On Friday, Feb. 15, Graceville Police attempted to initiate a traffic stop at the intersection of Forrest Drive and 8th Avenue after the driver of a maroon Chevrolet Impala threw a large metal object out of the driver’s side window toward the driver’s side of the patrol car.
Upon stopping the Chevrolet, police say the occupants began acting erratically. Back up was requested from Jackson County Sheriff's Office before the officer attempted to exit his patrol car. When the driver’s door of the patrol car opened, the occupants of the Chevrolet attempted to elude the officer by fleeing the traffic stop, according to police.
The driver of the Chevrolet then fled towards Campbellton on Highway 2. A high-speed pursuit ensued to Highway 231 and followed Southbound to Highway 73, north of Marianna.
Deputies with Jackson County Sheriff's Office staged a spike strip upon Highway 73 to intercept the Chevrolet. Upon crossing the spike strip, the Chevrolet received damage to the driver’s side tires and came to a stop on the side of the highway.
Parrish fled the scene on foot, once the Chevrolet was stopped, police said. The passenger exited the vehicle and surrendered to deputies on scene.
K9 Units with Apalachee Correctional Institute and Jackson Correctional Institute were called to assist in locating Parrish. Parrish was tracked to a residence nearby and was located in the yard. Parrish resisted arrest with violence, but was subdued and taken into custody by deputies with Jackson County Sheriff's Office, according to police.
Additional charges against Parrish are pending from Jackson County Sheriff's Office.