JACKSON COUNTY, Fla./HOUSTON COUNTY, Ala. (WDHN) – A dangerous high speed chase late Monday night across two states leads to the arrest of a Panama City man who could have potentially avoided arrest had he simply moved over for passing officers.
At around 10 o’clock Monday night, Houston County officials responded to a high speed chase already in progress in Florida.
It all started in Jackson County when a Cottondale officer was called to back up a Jackson County deputy regarding a stolen vehicle.
Cottondale Police Chief William Watford told WDHN , “When he responded he responded with lights and sirens”.
Kevin Arnold, patrol captain for the Jackson County Sheriff’s Office said, “And this vehicle was in front of him and he failed to move over initially sped up and attempted to flee, rather than move over”.
The suspect who has been identified as 26-year-old Randall Johnson of Panama City, was driving in the wrong direction on several occasions and narrowly avoided collision with a semi truck.
At times, the driver reached 118 miles per hour before the chase finally came to an end on 231 south in Houston County.
Delancy Highsmith, a resident of Cottondale, told WDHN, “The only way I see you running from the officer and the lights are on, that means you must be guilty of something”.
Kevin Arnold, patrol captain for the Jackson County Sheriff’s Office added, “If the individual driving that car that was arrested would have just pulled over out of that officer’s way, it would never have happened”.
Johnson was arrested and faces felony charges in Jackson County for fleeing and attempting to elude a police officer. He was also driving with a suspended license.
Johnson is currently in the Houston County Jail with a $15,000 bond.