PASCO COUNTY, FL – Deputies with the Pasco County Sheriff’s Office in Florida attempted to conduct a traffic stop on a vehicle for illegal tint… and it ended up with a chase and a couple of heroes saving kids from drowning.
Here’s the deal:
The incident began around 3pm on November 19th when Pasco County Deputies noticed the vehicle Jonathan Deloach was driving had illegal window tint. When deputies attempted to stop him, he fled on US Highway 19.
Deloach abruptly turned into a trailer park, Jar Mar North, which has winding roads, apparently in hopes that he would be able to return to US Highway 19. Instead, he ended up in a pond.
Witnesses who were watching the incident unfold started to cheer. Their jubilation quickly turned into panic when they noticed that there were children in the car. A bystander can be heard on the video saying:
“Oh my God, they’ve got a baby in the car!”
On video, you can see a woman pull a young child through the window out of the vehicle, quickly followed by a second child. Two bystanders jumped into action and entered the pond, with the Sheriff’s deputy, to rescue the children.
A car chase in Pasco County turned into a rescue after the driver crashed into a pond, leading to the rescue of two young children from the car. https://t.co/ascPadvHjv
— FOX 13 Tampa Bay (@FOX13News) November 21, 2020
Deloach is seen exiting the car and surrendering to law enforcement. He was immediately detained without incident. A witness, Tahree Williams, said:
“We’re watching him [Deloach] get out of the car. I see a girl get out of the car, the mom, she gets out of the car and then she pulls her kids out of the car.
After I see her pull a second kid out the car, I jump in the pond to go get the kids out of the pond…
“They [the children] were scared. The boy couldn’t swim, and he was just in shock. And the little girl, I know she was traumatized from it.”
Upon searching the areas, deputies allegedly located a bag of methamphetamine floating in the water next to Deloach’s vehicle. He was ultimately charged with possession of methamphetamine, fleeing and attempting to elude a law enforcement officer, reckless driving, two counts of child abuse and driving on a suspended license.
In addition, Deloach was also served with several outstanding arrest warrants for violation of probation for a 2019 charge of possession of marijuana, possession of a controlled substance, and driving with a revoked license. Pasco Deputies allege that they spoke to Deloach who admitted that he knew that deputies were attempting to pull him over and he fled because he had drugs and active warrants against him.
The Pasco County Sheriff’s Office advised that there were no injuries reported in the incident. They did not identify the the passengers in the vehicle with Deloach.
Deloach was transported to a Pasco County Jail in Land O’Lakes without incident. He is currently being held there without a bond on the warrants and new law violations.
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Special prosecutor announces no charges against officer in fatal shooting of man who livestreamed police pursuit
November 14, 2020
INDIANAPOLIS, IN – According to an announcement by a special prosecutor assigned to the fatal police-involved shooting of 21-year-old Dreasjon Reed, charges will not be levied towards the officer involved.
The Indianapolis officer who shot and killed a Black man in May, will not face any charges in the case, a special prosecutor has announced https://t.co/cnvHVtbyo8
— CNN (@CNN) November 13, 2020
Here’s the details on the latest development in the matter.
On May 6th, Reed led police on a highspeed chase down I-65 after officers spotted Reed erratically driving and attempted to pull him over.
Eventually, police wound up calling off the vehicular pursuit due to how dangerous the pursuit itself was becoming.
However, Indianapolis Metropolitan Police Officer Dejoure Mercer wound up happening upon Reed after the pursuit ended and the pursuit eventually became on-foot.
All the while, Reed was livestreaming the initial vehicular pursuit and eventual foot pursuit.
Authorities allege that Reed was reaching for something in his waistband while fleeing from Officer Mercer on foot, which led to the officer deploying a taser.
NEWS: Lawyers representing Dreasjon Reed's family say they're disappointed but not surprised by the grand jury's decision to not press charges against the officer who shot and killed Reed in May. https://t.co/btP73fUB6H pic.twitter.com/52l1jj0QDw
— 93 WIBC Indianapolis (@93wibc) November 14, 2020
While grounded, an exchange of gunfire occurred, between Reed and Officer Mercer, leading to the suspect being killed.
The gun in Reed’s possession was also found to have been used in two previous drive-by shootings that authorities discovered after text messages on Reed’s phone betrayed his involvement in them.
Tests conducted on previously reported drive-by shootings around the area found that matching shell casings from those crime scene lined up with Reed’s gun.
On November 10th, Special Prosecutor Rosemary Khoury who was assigned to the Reed case unveiled that a special grand jury “returned a ‘No Bill,'” meaning that no probable cause was found to indict Officer Mercer of any crimes related to the shooting:
“This special grand jury returned a ‘No Bill.’ This term means there is insufficient evidence to indict or accuse Officer Dejoure Mercer of a crime.”
A statement released by the Indianapolis Metropolitan Police Department acknowledged that this outcome may not appease everyone within the community, but hopes that “continuing” constructive conversations within the community will help avoid these sort of outcomes:
“We look forward to continuing a productive dialogue with our residents and building the types of partnerships with our neighborhoods that prevent violence.”
What is the argument ?
That the officer should have allowed himself to be killed ?
— ?MySharona? (@MeSharona1) November 14, 2020
Special Prosecutor Khoury explained that this case was one in which “no one wins,” citing that no one wants to lose a loved one, but Officer Mercer was placed in a difficult situation that day in May:
“I’m a mother of two black boys and I know I don’t know how Mr. Reed’s mother feels, but I’m a mother of two black boys. I also am very empathetic to Officer Mercer. I know that that had to be a difficult position to be in, so, all the way around. Like I said, no one wins.”
The attorney that was representing Officer Mercer, John Kautzman, expressed his appreciation for how things turned out for his client and the employed process itself:
“We appreciate the careful analysis and review of this matter and the Grand Jury’s conclusion that Officer Mercer acted legally and reasonably based upon the totality of the circumstances.”
A young man is dead because of the choices he made. The grand jury saw the evidence and made thier decision based on it. That's it there is nothing else to be done. He who lives by the sword shall die by it
— TimIreland77 (@TIreland77) November 14, 2020
Much like the special prosecutor assigned to the case, Kautzman also echoed the sentiments of this matter not producing any proverbial winners:
“There are of course no winners when an officer is required to use deadly force in tense, uncertain, and rapidly evolving situations.”
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