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The Okaloosa County Sheriff’s Office Street Crimes Unit (SCU) attempted to pull over a man with active felony warrants driving on State Road 85 last night, but the suspect decided to try to make a getaway instead.

A traffic stop was attempted around 11:30 Tuesday night on 39-year old Joshua Mann of Crestview. Mann was known to SCU as being wanted for felony violation of probation for fleeing and eluding, possession of methamphetamine and other charges.

The pursuit headed south on Highway 85 between Duke Field and State Road 293 with minimal traffic. Patrol units successfully spiked Mann’s vehicle’s tires, and he fled into the woods. An OCSO K-9 Unit was able to conduct a good track and was relieved by a K9 from Okaloosa Correctional Institution.

Two OCSO drone units arrived on scene to help. Mann was seen actively fleeing by one of the drone units. When confronted by a deputy he continued to try to run, but was tased and taken into custody.

Our thanks to Okaloosa Correctional Institution for the K9 assistance!