BONIFAY – An attempted traffic stop on a stolen vehicle led to a chase spanning three counties Thursday.
An officer with the Bonifay Police Department attempted to conduct the traffic stop on a vehicle with an expired license plate.
The driver of the vehicle refused to stop, proceeding to run two stop signs before turning onto Bonifay-Chipley Road. The pursuit then continued onto Cope Road, into Jackson County.
Officers performed a pit maneuver at the intersection of Satellite Road and Tri-County Airport Road.
The driver of the 2001 Chevrolet Tahoe was identified as Dustin Royce Brown, 36, of Chipley.
Brown was arrested for an outstanding warrant in Washington County for driving while license suspended or revoked (DWLSR) and will face additional charges of willful and wanton reckless driving, fleeing and attempting to elude a marked patrol car, grand theft of a motor vehicle, possession of a controlled substance (methamphetamine), possession of a controlled substance (Xanax) and another count of DWLSR.
Brown was transported to the Jackson County Jail.
Bonifay Police Chief Chris Wells stated he appreciates the assistance rendered by the Holmes, Washington and Jackson County Sheriff’s Offices and the Chipley Police Department in both the pursuit and subsequent arrest.
“I greatly appreciate the manpower and assistance provided by all agencies,” said Wells. “We have to work together to get the job done and this case is a good example of cooperation among our neighboring agencies. Holmes County Sheriff John Tate, Washington County Sheriff Kevin Crews, and Jackson County Sheriff Lou Roberts were all on scene, along with myself, and assisted with the case. I cannot express my appreciation enough for the assistance rendered by their agencies.”