Florida Man Jumps Into St Johns River During Police Chase

Florida Man Oscar Dominique Leonides, 28, of Apopka led police on a multi-county vehicle chase that ended when Seminole County Deputies successfully deployed stop sticks on State Road 415 and shut the chase down.

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The saga begins in Orange County where Leonides made his first bad decision of the day and stole a truck. The 911 call came into dispatch and the pursuit was on with the Orange County Sheriff’s helicopter “Chase One” following. Patrol units joined in and as the chase entered Seminole County, deputies deployed “stop sticks” in an attempt to end the pursuit.

Leonides got lucky and managed to evade the stop sticks, and the chase continued on. Seminole County Deputies again deployed stop sticks on state road 415 and were successful this time, deflating the trucks tires. When Leonides’ stolen vehicle went belly up, he decided to jump out of the vehicle, and jump into the St. Johns River to avoid capture.

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The sheriff’s department set up a cordon and had to shut down a section of state road 415 for a little over an hour for the search teams to locate him. I know it’s a pain when the cops shut down the roads, but when suspects are on the loose, they tend to get desperate and might carjack you.

Leonides was in the cold water of the St. Johns River for over an hour before he was captured by Seminole deputies. A search upon arrest found Leonides in possession of bags of fentanyl in his pockets, as well as a bag of methamphetamine in the stolen truck.

Leonides was transported to the Seminole County Jail where he was charged with fleeing and eluding police, possession of methamphetamine, and possession of fentanyl. Surprisingly, when deputies ran Leonides in the system, he had an active warrant out of nearby Lake County for an armed robbery.


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