Suspect remains at-large after fleeing into wooded area near Baker.
A three-hour search for the driver of a stolen truck started after officers with the Florida Fish & Wildlife Commission reported they were involved in a chase with a man they had attempted to pull over for a traffic stop.
According to an Okaloosa County Sheriff’s Office news release, the incident began around 2:15 p.m. Saturday near Bryant Bridge Road in Holt and the Santa Rosa County line. The driver took off shortly after a traffic stop was initiated. FWC called off its pursuit but forwarded a description of the vehicle to OCSO.
OCSO deputies responded to the area and located a vehicle matching the description traveling on Highway 90. After being spotted, the driver immediately turned onto Al Gilman Road outside Baker and attempted to get away. He then turned north on a dirt trail to elude the officers and began to drive over the railroad tracks, at which point the Chevrolet Silverado pickup slid down the embankment and came to rest in the wooded area along the tracks.
The man fled into the woods with OCSO deputies in pursuit. A perimeter was quickly set up with assistance from FWC and Florida Highway Patrol troopers, but the suspect was not located, despite an initial track found by an OCSO K-9.
The truck turned out to be stolen from Coffee County, Alabama. The investigation continued into Sunday.
Anyone with information is asked to contact the OCSO at 850-689-5705 or Emerald Coast Crime Stoppers at 850-863-TIPS, emeraldcoastcrimestoppers.com or by using the P3 Mobile Tips application.