Daytona Beach Police arrested one man and are looking for another suspect after a pursuit of a stolen car Friday afternoon. The pursuit ended when the driver of the stolen car crashed into an unoccupied vehicle at South Street and School Street. Police say the driver and passenger of the stolen car fled from the vehicle after the crash, but police apprehended the passenger, 20-year old Treshawn McDonald. The Volusia County Sheriff’s Office helicopter and law enforcement K-9 units were called in to search for the driver, but that person had not been found as of late Friday night. Meanwhile, McDonald was treated at Halifax Hospital for a dog bite police say he received when he ran into a yard and was bitten by a pit bull. He was also expected to be charged with Resisting Arrest without Violence, and Trespass in a Conveyance.
During the pursuit, a Daytona Beach Police Officer was also involved in a traffic accident at Nova Road and Dr. Mary McLeod Bethune Boulevard. The two people hurt in that accident were transported to Halifax Hospital by EVAC ambulance, and police say their injuries were not life-threatening. The police officer involved in the accident, Chris Pearsall, was not injured.
Woman reports being shot at
Daytona Beach Police say the incident started shortly before 4 p.m. Friday, when a caller reported that the stolen car was at George Engram Boulevard and Fulton Street, and that one person in the car had a gun. Police broadcast a description of the car to patrol units. At 4:48 p.m., the caller called police and reported that she was now behind the car that had been stolen from her, and they were in the 500 block of Westmoreland Road (which is northwest of Dunn Avenue and White Street). She also said someone in the car had shot at her. Police say they did find a spent shell casing on Westmoreland Road.
Patrol car accident during pursuit
At 5:39 p.m., police spotted the stolen car on Ridgewood Avenue, passing Fairview Avenue, but lost track of it. However, police spotted the car again about ten minutes later, now westbound on George Engram Boulevard, and a pursuit was initiated. The patrol car accident on Nova Road happened at 6:13 p.m., according to police. The pursuit ended when the stolen car crashed into an unoccupied car at South Street and School Street, and the driver and passenger fled from the scene. Daytona Beach Police say they also located a gun involved in the incident on Lee Street.
The Sheriff’s Office helicopter searched overhead, and Daytona Beach Police blocked much of the area around the neighborhood in the South Street and School Street area Friday afternoon, as the search for the driver of the car continued. Neighborhood residents gathered at Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Boulevard and South Street, especially around the Mt. Bethel Baptist International Church at the corner. Police officers taped off the crime scene on South Street between School Street and the church, and wrecker trucks arrived to tow the vehicles. Daytona Beach Police issued a press release on the incident, but additional details may also be confirmed once a copy of the reports on the incident become available.
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