JACKSONVILLE, Florida. – The driver who led police on an 8-mile chase last week from the Paxon area on Roosevelt Boulevard before crashing into a stolen pickup truck in Ortega is 17, according to an arrest report.
The report shows that the driver, Marquis Felton, faces a variety of charges including aggravated assault on police, hit and run, escape and possession of a firearm by a young offender.
The arrest report indicates that Felton used the pickup as a weapon to thwart JSO’s attempt to block him in the Paxon area.
Felton has a previous conviction for attempted armed robbery.
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The incident began Thursday in the Paxon neighborhood where JSO Gang unit detectives said they spotted two people wearing full face masks inside a white van.
Police say when they ran the plate, the truck came back stolen. Investigators said when they attempted to stop the truck, the chase began. It moved on Interstate 95, then on Interstate 10 and finally on Roosevelt Boulevard.
During the chase, according to the sheriff’s office, two patrol vehicles marked JSO collided, forcing them to cross the central median of Roosevelt Boulevard into oncoming traffic. One of these marked units crashed through a fence and into a tree near the Yacht Club Road intersection in Ortega while the second collided head-on with a civilian’s black sport utility vehicle.
The pursuit eventually stopped nearby in a vacant lot between Ortega and Roosevelt Boulevards, where the truck crashed into a lamppost. Video from the Sky 4 helicopter shows the truck surrounded by police.
According to JSO, the driver of the SUV who was struck by police was taken to hospital with non-life-threatening injuries. Police said neither officer was transported to treatment for their injuries.
The sheriff’s office said one of the two people in the truck was hospitalized for treatment of non-life-threatening injuries, while the other was arrested at the scene.
According to Felton’s arrest report, police found a Diamondback .223 rifle with 30 rounds in the truck. The report shows that the second person in the truck was arrested, but the name was redacted.
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