A high-speed chase through several Florida counties left a Flomaton man dead early Monday.
Jermey Montrell Elliot, who was 35, was being pursued by several of Alabama’s Escambia County Sheriff’s Office deputies when the wreck occurred near Baker around 12:30 a.m.
The deputies were responding to an armed robbery, according to a Florida Highway Patrol news release.
The chase started in Flomaton, Alabama, entered into Escambia County, Florida, and continued through Santa Rosa County into Okaloosa County.
Elliot was driving at speeds of about 100 mph when he entered Okaloosa County, with three Alabama patrol cars in pursuit, according to an Okaloosa County Sheriff’s Office incident report.
An Okaloosa deputy saw the chase and had been advised by his supervisor that he was only there to assist, not to pursue, the report said.
He followed the flashing lights to 1414 Aaron Baker Road, where he saw the red Dodge Dakota that Elliot had been driving. It had rolled onto the driver’s side and struck a tree.
Elliot was trapped in the truck and pronounced dead at the scene. He was not wearing a seatbelt, according to the FHP news release.
Several firearms were found in the truck, including two loaded pistols, one shotgun and one loaded AR-15 rifle. A brown backpack containing what appeared to be marijuana and about $2,000 was also found, according to the OCSO incident report.
The items were taken into custody by the Escambia County Sheriff’s Office.
The Flomaton Police Department referred media calls about the chase to the Escambia County Sheriff's Office in Alabama.
The incident started in Flomaton but was handled by the Sheriff's Office, according to the police department.
Repeated calls to the Sheriff's Office were not returned Monday.
The OCSO has policies governing when and why pursuits would continue into other jurisdictions.
According to a written copy of the policy, sworn law enforcement officers may pursue someone out of jurisdiction if they reasonably believe a person has committed or attempted to commit a felony other than fleeing or attempting to elude law enforcement.
Crews from Baker Volunteer Fire Department and Crestview Fire Department also went to the scene.
Baker Chief Dusty Talbert said the vehicle was so damaged, firefighters could barely see Elliot.