Running from law enforcement is definitely not recommended, even if your car is decked out in camouflage. A Florida man recently learned the hard way on Monday, while trying to evade deputies in Martin County. Beforehand, the 21-year old suspect had led multiple police agencies on a high-speed chase while driving a powerful Dodge Charger.
They saw him rollin’
Per reporting by WPTV, the pursuit started dozens of miles away in Broward County. The man was fleeing law enforcement as the suspect of multiple burglaries. Apparently, after assaulting an officer he crossed into neighboring Palm Beach County and headed north. Among other things, he’s accused of ramming police vehicles during the high-speed chase that followed.
The Dodge Charger he was driving appears to be a Scat Pack model, judging by the front grille emblem and hood scoop. With the 392 cubic-inch V8 under the hood, that particular variant has 485 hp and 475 lb-ft of torque. Given enough traction, it can go from 0-60 in about 4.5 seconds and top out around 175 MPH.
Despite having a 6.4-liter Hemi at his disposal, the suspect was eventually cornered by Martin County Sheriff’s Deputies. At least he put on a nice smoke show with the Charger’s rear tires before it all ended. Might as well, right?
Deputies were not impressed by Florida man’s donuts
After outrunning the attempted PIT maneuver from the black Ford Explorer, the suspect rammed into a pickup. Apparently, a deputy was driving that truck as well. We can see it a few frames later as part of a Dodge sandwich. Judging by the tire smoke, the Charger was having trouble putting all that power down in what was likely a panic situation.
At the end of round two with those vehicles, the authorities finally brought the Scat Pack to a halt. Amazingly, the Florida man somehow made it out of the driver’s door and then attempted to run on foot. Surrounded by deputies, he quickly surrendered moments later. Given the circumstances, that was the best thing that could have happened.
It’ll buff out…
Unfortunately, the Charger did incur some slightly massive damage to the front end and rear quarter panels. It could be fixed easily enough though and the car would definitely grab some attention at a police auction. Or it could make a nice addition to the fleet at Martin County Sheriff’s Office. It even comes in a fetching shade of blue and it’s actually not a bad paint scheme, as far as camo goes.
The suspect is facing charges of fleeing and eluding, burglary, and assault/battery on a police officer. Luckily, it appears that no one was seriously injured in the mayhem that stretched across three counties in South Florida. This could have easily gone in another direction and ended in a much more tragic fashion.