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Stolen Vehicle Crash

A man suspected of stealing a car this afternoon tried to evade Okaloosa County Sheriff’s Office deputies but was in handcuffs within about 15 minutes.

The Okaloosa County Sheriff’s Office received a 9-1-1 call around 3:13 p.m. in reference to a 2016 black Hyundai Sonata stolen from outside Santa Rosa Mall.

An OCSO deputy spotted the car a short time later and attempted a traffic stop, but the driver refused to pull over. Deputies ultimately cornered the suspect on a street with limited access and captured him after he crashed his car through a fence in the area of Randall Roberts Road. He got on the trunk to try to jump over the fence but was captured and handcuffed.

Deputies found a gun tucked in the man’s waistband.

Additional details will be released as they become available.



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