CRESTVIEW, Fla., Nov. 17, 2020—A routine traffic stop ended after a high-speed chase and deployed road spikes last night.
Arrested was Anthony Michael Gabriel, 29, from Crestview, for fleeing and eluding, driving with a suspended license and possession of a weapon by a convicted felon.
An Okaloosa County Sheriff’s deputy attempted to make a routine traffic stop on a Jeep Cherokee Monday around 10:30 p.m. on John King Road because of a defective brake light, according to the arrest report.
When the deputy approached the Jeep, Gabriel sped away slinging dirt on the deputy.
Gabriel sped down Live Oak Church Road, running the light at Ferdon Boulevard and raced up Antioch Road, running all three stop signs at high speed, according to the report.
As the Jeep crested the Interstate 10 overpass, Gabriel tossed a 9 mm handgun out his window.
Meanwhile, another deputy deployed spike strips south of Pioneer Road just before the railroad tracks, puncturing three tires when the Jeep ran over them.
However, Gabriel continued driving, turning west on U.S. Highway 90 toward Milligan, crossing Old River Road at the Sunoco gas station, and feeing up Wadsworth Road.
He finally stopped on State Road 4 near Old Brown Road where he was taken into custody.
A passenger in the Jeep, who was not involved in the incident other than being taken for a wild ride, was released without charges, according to the report.