High Speed Chase Leads to Man Hunt
Madison County Sheriff Ben Stewart reports that on Thursday afternoon the 22nd day of September 2016 at approximately 4:00 PM, Madison County Sheriff’s Office Sergeant Odell Livingston observed a red Toyota Camry traveling a high rate of speed on I-10. The red Toyota was traveling in a westerly direction as Sgt. Livingston confirmed his observations utilizing his radar to determine the exact speed to be 128 mph.
Sgt. Livingston immediately began pursuit of the red Toyota and activated his units blue lights and siren. The driver stopped the vehicle in the middle of I-10 in heavy traffic and before Sgt. Livingston could direct the driver to move the vehicle to the shoulder the driver sped off continuing to travel westerly. Sgt. Livingston managed to position his patrol unit in front of the suspect vehicle in an attempt to get the red Toyota stopped. The driver crossed the median now traveling in an easterly direction and the pursuit continued.
The driver continued erratic driving behaviors at high rates of speed while passing motorist in the emergency lanes and exited from I-10 onto CR 255 in a southerly direction of travel. The driver finally lost control of the red Toyota striking a pine tree and continuing to flee on foot into a wooded area. Sgt. Livingston secured the vehicle and awaited assistance from responding “back-up” patrol and Canine units to track the suspect.
Upon arrival of responding “back-up” units, a perimeter of the area that the suspect had fled was maintained as Canine units started their tracking. Additional Canine units from Madison and Mayo Correctional institution was requested that also responded to assist in the tracking of the suspect. The suspect was tracked into a several hundred acre corn field. Units from the Florida Highway Patrol and Florida Fish and Wildlife Commission responded to assist with the apprehension of the suspect.
The assistance of Leon County Sheriff’s Office Helicopter Unit was requested and responded as the perimeter was maintained. Upon arrival of Leon County Helicopter Unit the suspect was soon located and taken into custody and transported to the Madison County Jail. The suspect was positively identified and the vehicle discovered stolen from Delray Beach Florida with an improper tag.
A total of six (6) different agency’s spanning over a 4 hour period participated in the apprehension of this criminal and Sheriff Stewart applauds the relationships and cooperation of such resources working together as a unified group of Law Enforcement Officers.
Arrested and Charged:
Samuel Marcelin, B/M, DOB: 04/01/1995, of Delray Beach, Fl. Charged: Reckless driving Fleeing/Attempting to Elude Driving While License Suspended Pending Charges of Grand Theft Auto