Madison County Sheriff Ben Stewart reports that on Friday morning May 23, 2014 at 12:13 am a deputy with the Madison County Sheriff’s Office was on traveling East on Base Street (US 90) when he observed a 1996 Nissan Maxima traveling West on Base street at a high rate of speed passing Halls Tire and Muffler. The deputy’s radar showed the Nissan was traveling at 73 miles per hour in a posted 40 mile per hour zone. The deputy turned around on the Nissan to conduct a traffic stop.
The driver of the Nissan (later identified as Timothy McCray of Madison) attempted to turn South onto SE Twin Oak Terrace but due to his high rate of speed was unable to negotiate the turn and crashed into the building located at the intersection of East Base Street (US 90) and SE Twin Oak Terrace. There was no damage caused to the building and McCray continued to drive down the side walk, turned South behind the building and then South onto SE Twin Oak Terrace while maintaining a high rate of speed.
The deputy activated his blue lights and emergency siren and began pursuit. McCray turned West onto SE Byrd Avenue and continued to flee South. McCray ran through the stop sign at the intersection of SE Bunker Street and SE Byrd Avenue continuing to flee South. A second MCSO deputy joined the pursuit on SE Byrd Avenue.
Once McCray reached the intersection of SE Byrd Avenue and SE Old County Camp Road he attempted to turn East but was traveling too fast causing him to slide through the intersection and crash into a chain link fence. McCray backed off of the fence and attempted to travel back North on SE Byrd Avenue however both deputies had reached the intersection and were stopped.
McCray attempted to drive around the lead deputy in the ditch and then intentionally rammed the second deputy’s patrol vehicle head on. The Nissan was disabled and deputies took McCray into custody. Neither the deputy nor McCray were injured. The Nissan was considered to be totaled while the patrol vehicle only received minor damage. The grill guard on the patrol vehicle absorbed most of the impact. The Florida Highway Patrol was notified and worked the traffic crashes involving the building, fence and patrol vehicle.
Timothy Lorenzo McCray
202 SW Hall Street
Madison, FL 32340
1. Aggravated Flee/Attempt to Elude a Police Officer
2. Aggravated Battery on LEO With Deadly Weapon
3. Driver License Revoked (Habitual Offender)
4. Criminal Mischief (Over $1,000.00)
5. Attaching Tag Not Assigned
6. Altered Tag Decal
7. No Vehicle Registration
8. Unlawful Speed