NEWS RELEASE                                             

For Immediate Release
August 25, 2008
Contact: Michele Nicholson
Public Information Officer
  (850) 651-7420


The Okaloosa County Sheriff’s Office arrested a Santa Rosa County man after two pursuits on Monday afternoon (August 25, 2008). 

The incident began when a Deputy stopped the driver of a 2000 Nissan pickup for speeding at 65 mph in a 45 mph zone. The driver, Charles Lyvon Dykes of Jay, pulled over near the intersection of State Road 85 and Sunset Lane. The deputy made contact with him and learned the driver had a revoked driver’s license. The Deputy returned to his vehicle to check the driver in the computer and the suspect fled from him and turned west on Sunset Lane. The driver drove at a high rate of speed and passed two vehicles in a no passing zone.  He ran the stop sign at Sunset Lane and Poquito Road turning north onto Poquito Road. The Deputy lost sight of the vehicle and began to terminate the pursuit. He could not see that the suspect had made an abrupt u-turn on the roadway and was now traveling south on Poquito Road. The two vehicles collided at the intersection and the suspect fled. The Deputy followed for a short distance but stopped to check the damage on his vehicle.

Other Deputies responded to the scene and soon located the suspect driving in the Poquito Bayou Subdivision. By that time, Deputies knew the suspect was wanted for several felony warrants and was classified as a Habitual Traffic Offender. Deputies tried to stop him and the suspect led deputies on a short pursuit. The suspect’s vehicle was forced off the roadway by a Sheriff’s Office supervisor to prevent the suspect from injuring anyone in the neighborhood. The suspect struggled with Deputies and had to be physically restrained upon being removed from the vehicle. He was taken into custody at the scene and transported to the Shalimar Annex Booking Facility. He had been in possession of an open can of beer in the vehicle at the time of his arrest. He refused to submit to a breath test during a subsequent DUI investigation.

Two Okaloosa County Sheriff’s Office patrol vehicles were damaged and the suspect vehicle sustained damage. No one was injured and no other property was damaged.

                Charles Lyvon Dykes was charged with two counts of Aggravated Fleeing and Attempting to Elude Law Enforcement, Driving While a Habitual Traffic Offender, Leaving the Scene of a Traffic Crash Involving Attended Property, Resisting an Officer Without Violence, and Driving Under the Influence.

Suspect info:   Charles Lyvon Dykes  W/M DOB: 07-10-1954
  1791 Dykes Lane Jay Fl., 32565