Duo Arrested after Orange County Car Chase and Crash
A kidnapping, a car theft, and a high-speed chase reached a dramatic conclusion on Thursday, September 27th, after a car accident disabled the fleeing vehicle and forced the suspects to attempt to escape from the police on foot. While they ultimately failed, the trail of destruction the two people left in their wake is a sobering reminder as to the possible dangers associated with car travel.
It began around 2:15 in the afternoon. An individual called the emergency services in Orange County to report seeing a person being forced into a car that was located along the 1000 block of Lee Road. Alert to the situation, deputies working with the Orange County Sheriff’s Office spotted the car only a short time later as it merged onto the western lanes of Interstate 4. A chase ensued, and the police were able to remain on the tail of the car for several miles along I-4. When the car exited the highway along Fairbanks Avenue the woman was able to escape from the vehicle. It is not clear how she managed to do this or if she suffered from any injuries as a result.
The individuals inside of the car continued to run from authorities, and while some of the pursuing deputies tended to the woman several others continued to chase the suspects. This lasted until the fleeing car collided with another vehicle, an event which resulted in debilitating damage being inflicted upon the car driven by the suspected kidnappers. The reports did not indicate what level of damage was inflicted on the other car, and it is not clear if anyone was injured as a result of this collision.
The two suspects attempted to run from the Orange County deputies on foot, and they were able to exit from their car and reach an office building located at or near 850 E. Altamonte Drive. Both of the suspects fled into the building; one of them going so far as to barricade themselves inside a first-floor bathroom. The police were able to apprehend both of the two people without much further difficulty.
The report indicated that the person driving the stolen car was an 18-year-old and that the second individual was 17. The extent of any injuries sustained by anyone involved in the incident was not immediately clear.
James O. Cunningham
Since 1977, personal injury lawyer James Cunningham has provided effective legal advocacy to people who are injured through the negligent actions of another person or entity throughout the Central Florida area. He fights to obtain recoveries for his clients’ physical and emotional pain and suffering and pursues his clients’ personal injury cases with a commitment to excellence and impeccable preparation.
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