Teen leads police on high speed chase

OKEECHOBEE — A 25-mile police chase at speeds up to 110 mph ended suddenly Sunday morning when the suspect slammed on the brakes of his vehicle, which then caused the pursuing officer to run into that vehicle.

Tameron Pryce Wilcox, 18, Knotts Landing, Okeechobee, was arrested Sunday, April 24, on a felony charge of fleeing and eluding a law enforcement officer at a high rate of speed. He was also charged with the misdemeanors of reckless driving and no valid driver’s license.

Tameron Pryce Wilcox, 18

Tameron Pryce Wilcox, 18

According to an arrest report by Officer Aurelio Almazan, of the Okeechobee City Police Department (OCPD), Wilcox has never had a Florida driver’s license.

Wilcox is being held in the Okeechobee County Jail on a bond of $11,500.

Officer Almazan’s arrest report stated the incident began shortly after midnight when OCPD Office Michael Jordan saw a silver Dodge SUV traveling at a speed of 71 mph in a 35 mph zone on South Parrott Avenue.

At one point, the Dodge was going north but traveling in the southbound lane, added the report.

Officer Almazan went on to state he tried to stop the vehicle in the 100 block of South Parrott Avenue but the Dodge refused to stop. That vehicle, continued the report, was being driven by Wilcox.

Wilcox allegedly tried to avoid the officer by outrunning him and running through several stop signs until he reached S.R. 70 West.

“I advised dispatch that the vehicle was traveling in the opposite lane and that there were vehicles headed in his direction,” stated Officer Almazan. “The vehicle was attempting to run other vehicles off the road and continuously traveled in the opposite lane, returning to his lane then switching back to the opposite lane.”

While westbound on S.R. 70 W., the officer said he was traveling at speeds topping 100 mph.

“The vehicle continued to travel at high rates of speed exceeding 110 mph and still jumping back and fourth from his lane to the opposite lane,” continued the officer’s report.

Wilcox then turned south onto County Road 721 (Reservation Road N.E.) and he reportedly continued to drive in the opposite lane, which caused oncoming traffic to swerve to avoid colliding with the Dodge SUV.

While traveling south on C.R. 721, and with officers from the Seminole Police Department (SPD) heading in that direction, Wilcox again slammed on his brakes at the intersection of C.R. 721 and N. Tucker Ridge Road. This maneuver caused Officer Almazan to strike the SUV and both vehicles ended up in the ditch.

OCPD Officer Ryan Holroyd placed Wilcox under arrest, while SPD officers arrested the passenger in the Dodge on unrelated charges.

“The pursuit lasted for approximately 18 minutes and covered about 25 miles,” Officer Almazan noted.

Wilcox was then booked into the Glades County Jail, and later returned to Okeechobee.

Apparently no one was injured in the collision, and as of newspaper deadline the amount of damage done to the OCPD Ford Crown Victoria patrol unit was not known.

Eric Kopp is a staff writer for the Okeechobee News

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