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DeBary OKs $270K for Fort Florida, West Highbanks

An emergency patch-up for Fort Florida Road just cost $50,000.
Now a longer-term fix for nearly half of that road – as well an upgrade to a section of West Highbanks Road – are just weeks from getting underway.
Amid safety concerns, the DeBary City Council approved more than $270,000 for the projects on Wednesday.
Officials blame Henin Group — the developer of two subdivision expansions – and its big dump trucks for damaging both roads.
But it’s too soon to try to get money from the developer to help pay for repairs, interim City Manager Ron McLemore told council members.
DeBary has to wait until the work is done before it can calculate the developer’s share for the work, McLemore added.

Holding Henin responsible

The city can hold Henin Group responsible for a majority of the damage to Fort Florida Road under a road-maintenance agreement with DeBary, he said.
Dump trucks hauling dirt from Springview to Riviera Bella damaged Fort Florida Road, prompting DeBary to declare an emergency Jan. 17. That’s when the city approved spending $53,000 to quickly fix the worst sections of the road.

Erika Benfield
Erika Benfield

That work is done. But dump trucks started using West Highbanks Road, causing additional damage to that road, according to City Council member Erika Benfield.
“Now you’ve got the rerouting of all these trucks that just destroyed the other road,” Benfield said Wednesday.

Asphalt overlay

Council members hired low-bidder P&S Paving of Daytona Beach for nearly $170,000 to put down an asphalt overlay on 1.2 miles of Fort Florida Road. Officials said that will extend the life of the roadway for several years.
It will upgrade sections of the road that didn’t get asphalt overlay last year. That project spanned about 1.8 miles and cost about $180,000.
Fort Florida Road wasn’t built to modern standards. It was paved for the first time about eight years ago using temporary asphalt meant to last roughly five to seven years.
Traffic, primarily development related, increased over the last two years.

West Highbanks

The city on Wednesday also agreed to hire P&S Paving to mill and resurface more than 4,000 feet of West Highbanks Road between Fort Florida Road and the railroad tracks.
That work will cost $100,000. Construction could start in March and take about a month to complete. A similar resurfacing job was recently completed on a section of West Highbanks from the railroad tracks to Donald E. Smith Boulevard, city officials said.

‘There’s no stopping them’

Benfield and City Council member Mike Brady also said they want to look at options to possibly lower the speed limit on West Highbanks. That would require a traffic study, McLemore said, among other steps.
Benfield said drivers go as fast as 50 miles per hour in the 40-mile-per hour section of that road.
“There’s no stopping them,” she said. “We need to be concerned for the children.”

‘Predominate cost’

City Council member Stephen Bacon said Henin should chip in something at the front end of the projects.
“My question is what did you do with the developer?” Bacon asked McLemore.
The manager said staffers have been in contact with Henin and will get money from the developer in the future.
Ron McLemore“The outcome is when the job is finished we’ll know what the cost is and we [will] sit down with him with the agreement and we [will] figure out what his share of that cost is, which in this case would be predominate cost,” McLemore said. “But we have to get the job over first.”

McLemore: Trucks OK

At the Jan. 17 meeting, residents accused of Henin of using loaded dump trucks that were too big for residential roads.
McLemore said the city checked and Henin met state regulations when it moved dirt from Springview to Riviera Bella on Fort Florida Road.
“Now, you have to allow trucks to move from one site to another site or they would never move off one site, and there are rules under the state [about] how you do that,” McLemore said. He noted that Henin agreed not to send loaded trucks between the properties in the future.

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DeBary declares emergency for Fort Florida Road

Emergency repairs on the worst sections of Fort Florida Road could be underway as soon as next week after the City Council declared a public emergency Wednesday.

The narrow roadway is crumbling along the edges because of dump-truck traffic, prompting some drivers to swerve into oncoming traffic to avoid going off Fort Florida Road, officials said.

The City Council voted unanimously for the emergency declaration, giving Interim City Manager Ron McLemore the power to waive purchasing policies and make repairs as quickly as possible.

Henin Group’s share

McLemore said the work will cost about $53,000 and Henin Group — the developer of two subdivision expansions – will pay 80 to 90 percent under a road-maintenance agreement with the city.

Dump trucks – possibly ones only approved for construction sites and not traditional roadways – are hauling dirt from Springview and to Riviera Bella, causing heavy damage.

“Those are not street-legal dump trucks,” DeBary resident Howard Gates told City Council members.

He commented on photos provided by another resident showing extremely large trucks on Fort Florida Road – equipment only allowed on construction sites.

City Council member Stephen Bacon said Henin should pay for all of the repairs.

“It’s his trucks that are doing it, especially these,” Bacon said, referring to Henin Group founder Jerome Henin.

Head-on crash threat

Kevin Hare, the city’s construction manager, the roadway is rapidly deteriorating and is a public-safety hazard.

The risk of head-on crashes is increased, he said, because drivers trying to avoid the crumbling edges of roadway are veering into the other lane, he said.

Fort Florida RoadDeBary Mayor Bob Garcia said he recently witnessed the dangers.

“I was out there this weekend and I had a vehicle in front of me that hit one of those soft spots and they did lose control,” Garcia said. “It went to the left or right on it.”

Called the worst road in the city, Fort Florida connects U.S. Highway 17-92 to West Highbanks Road, running between two water bodies – the 1,100-acre Konomac Lake and the St. Johns River.

Road failures

Fort Florida Road was paved about eight years ago using temporary asphalt meant to last roughly five to seven years.

Last spring, the City Council approved a quick-fix resurfacing plan for $183,000 for the worst sections of Fort Florida Road.

Ron McLemoreThe work authorized Wednesday will fix other sections, mainly ones between Barwick Road and  Riviera Bella, McLemore said.

“We think we can be at work next week if the weather will be reasonable,” McLemore said. “At 50 degrees and below, you don’t get asphalt. You have to wait until it warms up.”

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DeBary’s Fort Florida Road: Emergency declaration proposed

City officials are poised to take “decisive action” this week on something Fort Florida Road drivers have known a long time: The road is a mess and a public-safety threat.

Ron McLemore
Ron McLemore

Fort Florida Road  – narrow, crumbling and scarred with potholes – serves the fastest-growing part of DeBary.

Roughly 1,000 homes worth an estimated $300 million are approved but not yet built along the patched together, poorly drained roadway, city records say.

Interim City Manager Ron McLemore is asking the City Council to declare an emergency because of unsafe conditions on some sections of the nearly 5-mile-long road.

Fort Flordia Road threat

The rare move, if approved Wednesday, would allow city officials to waive purchasing policies and authorize McLemore to make repairs as quickly as possible.

“This emergency request is needed at this time to protect the safety of the public utilizing Fort Florida Road,” a city memo to the City Council says. Plans for repairs are already in the pipeline.

“In the interim, the City needs to take decisive action to make repairs to the hazardous sections,” the memo urges.

DeBary’s worst road

How much the manager needs for emergency repairs wasn’t immediately known.

Fort Florida RoadStaffers are getting quotes and should have an estimate at Wednesday’s meeting.

Called the worst road in the city, Fort Florida connects U.S. Highway 17-92 to West Highbanks Road, running between two water bodies – the 1,100-acre Konomac Lake and the St. Johns River.

It’s the only road along that route, serving existing and planned high-end subdivisions, and it links to the SunRail station at the southern end in DeBary’s Transit Oriented Development (TOD) high-value growth zone.

Conditions worsened

Last spring, the City Council approved a quick-fix resurfacing plan for $183,000 for the worst sections of Fort Florida Road. The move came after sections of the road fell apart in places and a vehicle got snagged in a giant pothole.

Conditions have worsened in recent months, DeBary resident Karen Chasez said during a recent City Council meeting.

“There’s a liability to the city from these potholes, which are getting worse,” she said.

She cited construction traffic from expansions at two subdivisions – Riviera Bella and Springview – as well as Florida Power & Light’s work at the utility’s Konomac Lake – as key contributors to the problem.

Developer impact

Matt Boerger, growth management director, told City Council members DeBary staffers are constantly monitoring conditions on Fort Florida Road under a maintenance agreement with developer Jerome Henin.

A 195-home expansion is underway at Springview.

Discussions are also underway for reimbursing the city

Matt Boerger
Matt Boerger

for impacts caused by development on Fort Florida Road, Boerger said.

“We access that almost daily,’ Boerger said.

At a meeting last year, Henin told council members he’s already spent $2.1 million on certain segments of Fort Florida Road to serve Riviera Bella.

“This is a very, very large investment,” Henin said at the time.

Approved, unbuilt homes

The waterfront subdivision, originally approved for 415 single family homes, got the green light from the City Council in 2016 for an additional 293 homes.

That’s a combined total of 708 single-family homes on the east and west sides of Fort Florida Road.

At least two other subdivisions are approved for that area.

Riverbend on the St. Johns River, also known as Estates at River Bend, has 330 acres along the St. Johns River and approved plans for 250 homes.

Fort Florida Commons, owned by DeLand-based Empire Cattle Co., is proposing roughly 700 units on 278 acres south of Fort Florida Road and west of Barwick Road.

That subdivision, supported by landowner representative Steve Costa, is being called an “agrihood” because residents can grow their own vegetables in a community garden.

City-county partnership

Fort Florida Road was paved about eight years ago using temporary asphalt meant to last roughly five to seven years.

The area is flat and the roadway lacks adequate drainage, allowing water to build up and soften the road’s base, undermining the foundation, the City Council was told last year.

The City Council took action earlier this month to fix a half-mile section of Fort Florida Road between U.S. 17-92 and Barwick Road under a unique partnership with Volusia County.

The county provides potable water, sanitary sewer and reclaimed water in DeBary.

Economic incentive

The city and county will equally share the cost of design – $180,000 plus a $40,000 contingency – with DeBary’s share coming from its economic incentive fund, the City Council decided Jan. 3.

Construction costs are estimated at $2 million. The county would cover half of that for utilities, with a combination of city and developer funds paying for the other half, records say.

Normally, the developer picks up all of those costs. But that policy has hampered the development of this area in the past, according to city officials.

The new city and county partnership is intended to expedite development, road improvements and utility upgrades in that area.

“Word of this agreement has already attracted a quality developer to the Costa property located on Ft. Florida Road,”  a city memo said.

Sustainable growth

At the Jan. 3 meeting, Costa praised city and county staffers for developing the cost-sharing agreement.

In the past, potential developers of Fort Florida Commons have been scared away by the upfront infrastructure costs.

Now, with the new agreement in place, Costa expects to worth with a new developer to move the project forward.

“I can tell you that the plans that we’re putting together are going to be phenomenal. It’s going to be something that everybody in the city of DeBary will be proud of,” Costa said. “It is putting the citizens first.”

Mort Culligan
Mort Culligan

DeBary critic Mort Culligan called the partnership a “$110,000 shakedown.”

“It benefits – to a large degree – developers,” he said.

McLemore defended the agreement, saying it would lure the kind of high-end development that would provide long-term and substantial growth of the tax base.

“You can work together to make things happen or you can just let happen what will,” McLemore said. “We’re not after growth. We’re after sustainable growth. We don’t want the low-hanging fruit…”

Ron McLemore
Ron McLemore

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SunRail announces special services on Dec. 28, Jan. 1

SunRail on Wednesday announced special train services on Dec 28 and Jan. 1.

The services are options for Orlando Bowl Game traffic on both days.

The Camping World Bowl will be at Camping World Stadium on Dec. 28. Virginia Tech and Oklahoma State are competing.

Overton’s Citrus Bowl, also at the same stadium, is on Jan. 1.

Special night trains on Dec. 28 will leave from LYNX Central Station at the following times:

Northbound

  • 9:28 p.m.
  • 10:18 p.m.

Southbound

  • 8:48 p.m.
  • 9:49 p.m.

SunRail added: “On New Year’s Day, SunRail is offering more than 11 hours of special service, with the first southbound train leaving DeBary at 8 a.m., and the last northbound train leaving Sand Lake Road at 6:15 p.m., arriving in DeBary at 7:18 p.m.”

Check for details at www.sunrail.com.

“This New Year’s Day special service provides a transportation option to those attending the Overton’s Citrus Bowl game featuring Notre Dame vs LSU at Camping World stadium in downtown Orlando,” SunRail noted.

“It also provides a transportation option for those who wish to try the train and tour local sites along the SunRail service area on New Year’s Day,” the agency added.

Shuttle bus service will be available between LYNX Central Station and Camping World Stadium for both athletic events.

Get details at www.golynx.com

DeBary felon flips off deputy, gets tires flattened

A DeBary felon flipped off a deputy before officers flattened the tires of his SUV on Interstate 4 in Deltona, records show.

Jonathan Kral, 42, remained behind bars after his alleged crime spree Friday.

Jonathan KralAfter stopping, Kral yelled at officers to shoot him and a deputy had to tackle him to get him into handcuffs.

Kral was charged with fleeing and eluding, resisting an officer with violence and other crimes.

Kral’s second arrest this month

It was his second arrest this month. He was arrested Dec. 6 in DeBary, accusing of driving without a valid license.

He threatened to kill officers and said a Jihad was coming to take out citizens, records show.

Kral is being held without bond at the Volusia County Branch Jail in Daytona Beach.

Behind the wheel

Kral was behind the wheel of a red Ford Explorer that passed too close a deputy conducting a traffic stop on U.S. Highway 17-92 and Saxon Boulevard just before 7 a.m. Dec. 16.

Sgt. Keith Peck attempted to stop the SUV at Saxon Boulevard east of Enterprise Road, but the vehicle continued moving.

Peck used his spotlight to get the driver’s attention. He later activated his siren, which was also ignored.

As the vehicle got into the turn lane to go east on Interstate 4, Peck turned off the siren and pulled alongside the vehicle when it was stopped for traffic.

Giving the ‘middle finger’

“Sgt. Peck pointed the spotlight into the driver’s area and could clearly see the driver eating something and then he gave Sgt. Peck the middle finger and continued to get on the highway,” a report said.

Peck followed, going under the speed limit, about 60 to 64 miles per hour, while other officers set up tire-deflating stop sticks on the highway at I-4 and State Road 472.

The sticks hit the right side tires and the right rear went flat.

The SUV pulled over at Mile Marker 115.

Kral got out and Peck drew his handgun, ordering the suspect to the ground. He refused and yelled at Peck to shoot him. Kral was talking to someone on his cellphone.

Officer tackled Kral

Peck holstered his firearm and drew his stun gun. But Kral was wearing a heavy coat – a factor that could impede the stun-gun’s impact.

Peck ran up behind Kral and tackled him to the ground and held him there until other officers arrived. He continued to resist, trying to throw off Peck. When after backup arrived, Kral continued to fight back, moving his head back and forth and scraping his face on the ground.

He was eventually cuffed and placed in a patrol vehicle. He threatened to kill deputies and fight them.

Deputies found marijuana, pot pipes and pills.

Long criminal history

Deputies later determined he had a 27-page criminal history, including 10 felonies, according to the Volusia County Sheriff’s Office.

He served less than a year in state prison for an October 2012 charge of aggravated assault and a May 2013 child-abuse charge, records show.

He was taken into state custody in July 2013 and released in March 2014.

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2 DeBary projects offer boost worth $300 million

Two separate DeBary projects recently announced efforts worth millions. One is a subdivision on the St. Johns River. The other is a mixed-use project along U.S. Highway 17-92.

Riviera Bella grows

A recently announced expansion of Riviera Bella will add to the value of the 708-home riverfront subdivision over 20 years. The total value equates to about $300 million in sales.

Riviera Bella upgrades

The DeBary City Council approved a 66-acre expansion for Riviera Bella last year.

The property, located across Fort Florida Road near Konomac Lake, will accommodate an additional 293 single-family homes.

There are only 150 homesites remaining for new homes within the original 415-unit Riviera Bella development, Jerome Henin, president of the Winter Park-based Henin Group,  said in a statement.

“The logical next step is to expand on that success by adding adjacent homesites and more amenities,” he said.

The old and new sections of the subdivision will be joined by an advanced security system. It will have live 24-hour video surveillance and “interactive monitoring at all amenities and at every entrance. ”

A new amenities package includes a $300,000 state-of-the-art splash park with cabana, along with a nature park, nature trails and four playgrounds scattered throughout the new phases.

“In the original Riviera Bella, M/I Homes is currently selling and building new single-family homes on the remaining 150 homesites,” a statement said. “Priced from the high $200s and with some riverfront homes well over 1 million, those homes are expected to be sold out by mid-2019.”

D.R. Horton will build new single-family homes priced from the mid $200s in the new section. “The homebuilder will start its first models and sales will begin during the first quarter of next year in the new extension of Riviera Bella.  Build-out is projected to be complete between 2022 and 2023,” a statement said.

DeBary Town Center

Meanwhile, a nearly $4 million loan was recently announced for  Charles Wayne Properties for the DeBary Town Center, a roughly 68-acre mixed-use project at the southeast corner of Dirksen Drive and U.S. Highway 17-92.

The property, the largest undeveloped parcel within walking distance of any SunRail station in Central Florida, sits within a zone the DeBary City Council has targeted for high-end growth.

Apartments in Town Center

After years of debate and study, the DeBary City Council approved the first project within the DeBary Town Center in September.

Officials backed an incentive package worth $180,000 and a development plan for a 289-unit apartment complex with an estimated value of $25 million.

Construction on Hawthorne Landing (also called Integra 289 Exchange) could begin in spring 2018 with completion set for summer 2019, David McDaniel, president of Integra Land Development, told council members.

TOD zone

Hawthorne Landing (also called Integra 289 Exchange) is planned on 16 acres southeast of U.S. Highway 17-92 and Dirksen Drive on land commonly known as the Costa property.

The property is part of Steve Costa’s 68-acre parcel with frontage along U.S. 17-92. That is part of a 200-acre, SunRail-anchored Transit Oriented Development (TOD) zone.

In recent years, DeBary has laid the groundwork to encourage and manage development in the TOD with special rules designed to ensure high-end, consistent growth.

Development plans include the addition of more than 258,000 square feet of commercial space, according to a news release from Orlando-based First GREEN bank.

Easy-access connectors

“There will also be new, easy-access connection points between the SunRail System and neighboring nature trails,” the statement said. “These additions will help serve and grow DeBary’s population of roughly 20,000 residents by offering new housing, shopping and eco-friendly transportation options.

Plans call for 2,200 residential units of all types, mixed with senior-living facilities and stores, from coffee shops to small groceries, the statement added.

“We are excited to support this project, which will provide the community with a multi-functional area, built to serve both the urban and ecotourist industries,” said Ken LaRoe, founder and chairman of First GREEN Bank. “The area will facilitate more SunRail use, which equates to less carbon emissions, and the area will simultaneously encourage both business development and outdoor recreation. This aligns with our bank’s mission, which supports financially, environmentally and socially responsible initiatives.”

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Bridge closure infuriates U.S. 17-92 motorists

Central Florida drivers were left furious and confused during rush hour on Friday after the northbound lanes of U.S. Highway 17-92 were closed in DeBary.

The closure, which ends Monday morning, is affecting the bridge over the St. Johns River and a section of the highway between Sanford and DeBary.

The $3 million project is preparation for a multi-use trail on the bridge and to resurface U.S. 17-92 between the river and Dirksen Drive.

Facebook complaints

Drivers took to Facebook on Friday, blasting everything from the project itself to detour signs providing bad directions.

“The signs are inaccurate, and I just spent an hour getting to a detour that spit me back to where I started,”  Tim Kearney said on DeBary Proud!’s Facebook page. “That’s just poor planning, and a failure. Whoever approved this execution plan should lose their job, or their office. I’d love to find out the details of how I can complain.”

The Florida Department of Transportation announced the project last month, then made adjustments, including delaying the start date from Oct. 31 to Nov. 10. It originally said both lanes were closed. Then it said only northbound lanes would be blocked.

Lane closures

The northbound lanes closed at 6 a.m. Friday, Nov. 10.

The lanes will reopen by 6 a.m. Monday, Nov. 13.

“The St. Johns River Bridge will have barrier wall removed to accommodate the future 10-foot wide multiuse Spring-to-Spring trail,” the Florida DOT said in an email.  “Electronic message boards have been installed to inform motorists about the road closure, and detour signs will direct traffic.”

‘Necessary Evil’

Some Volusia County drivers said they didn’t know about the closure before going to Seminole County on Friday.

Taco delivery

One DeBary woman ordered a taco delivered to her while she was stuck in traffic on State Road 46 in Sanford.

Returning to southwest Volusia took hours for some people Friday night.

One woman said it took her three hours to get home.

On the You Live in DeBary page, Prissy Cris said: “It is terrible that such a heavily used route is closed. I believe it’s a necessary evil. What they are doing is very important for the structure and postponing it or not doing it at all would be endangering those who use the bridge.”

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U.S. 17-92 bridge closure pushed back, only NB lanes affected

Editor’s note: The FDOT announced Monday that only northbound lanes of the U.S. Highway 17-92 bridge will close and the project will start at 6 a.m. Nov. 10.

 

The closure of the U.S. Highway 17-92 bridge is being pushed back and only northbound lanes will be blocked, the Florida Department of Transportation announced Monday.

The Florida DOT originally announced the bridge over the St. Johns River would close for three days starting Tuesday and both south and northbound lanes would be affected.

However, it later announced the closure will actually begin at 6 a.m. Nov. 10 and end at 6 a.m. Nov. 13. The DOT said:

  • Northbound traffic – from Sanford to DeBary ~
    — will be detoured
  • Southbound traffic – from DeBary to Sanford
    — will be unaffected

The closure is for the construction of a $3 million shared-use lane for bicyclists, joggers and other trail users.

The Florida Department of Transportation is  adding a “shared-use path” on the bridge.

The path will close a half-mile gap in the Coast to Coast Connector, the FDOT said in a statement Friday.

 

“The project begins just south of Wayside Park in Volusia County, proceeds over the St. Johns River on the US 17/92 bridge and ends at the entrance to Lake Monroe Park in Seminole County,” the statement said.

Economic Assets

DeBary and many other jurisdictions see trails as economic assets.

Coast to Coast Connector will eventually link St. Petersburg with Titusville, according to the  Florida Greenways & Trails Foundation’s website.

“This connector will be the first of its kind in Florida and has already fueled the economic revitalization of communities along its route such as Dunedin and Winter Garden,” the website says.  The connector “is a major priority within the Florida Greenways and Trails System Plan developed by the Office of Greenways and Trails and has already fueled the economic revitalization of communities along its route such as Dunedin and Winter Garden. ”

DeBary is also along the route for another trail, the St. Johns River to Sea Loop, a 300-trail linking St. Augustine to Titusville with a route along the coast and through west Volusia.

Spring-to-Spring Trail

A segment of that passageway called the Spring-to-Spring Trail got a boost from the DeBary City Council in July.

Council members directed staffers to work with Volusia County to close a 6-mile trail gap, preferably using state grant funds, between Orange City and DeBary.

“We want the trail very badly,” DeBary Golf & Country Club resident Denise Walton told council members at the July meeting.  “We know it will help our property values. We don’t want to see it disappear.”

The calls for connecting Blue Spring State Park in Orange City to Gemini Springs Park in DeBary with a continuous recreational trail.

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DeBary gears up to celebrate on Oct. 26.

Sure, you live in DeBary. But does that mean you’re ready to celebrate DeBary? Well, you have a few days to think about it.

The party is 6 p.m. 9 p.m. Thursday,  Oct. 26 at City Hall, Florence K. Little Hall, the old fire station and the new fire station off U.S. Highway 17-92.

“Meet your neighbors and City staff, discover new community organizations, see your City facilities, and learn about the many services provided by the City of DeBary,” a city flier says.

Participants can expect:

  • Fire vs police competitions
  • Police and fire demonstrations
  • Tour city facilities
  • Best kids police/fire costume contest

This is about DeBary taking part in Florida City Government Week 2017, which runs from October 23-29.

“Join Florida’s cities this year in celebrating, showcasing and engaging citizens in the work of municipal government,” the Florida League of Cities said online. “The Florida City Government Week is a time for municipalities to provide and foster civic education, collaboration, volunteerism and more. All cities are encouraged to participate, and the League is here to help you celebrate what makes your city great.”

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DeBary crash after chase ends with 3 arrests


An urgent voice crackled over the airwaves.

“They’re getting off at Dirksen. They’re getting off at Dirksen.”

Minutes later, three suspects – accused Ormond Beach cell-phone store robbers  — roared off Interstate 4 and crashed in DeBary as a Volusia County Sheriff’s Office chopper captured the action.

Volusia County Sheriff Mike Chitwood spotted the suspects’ vehicle — a white Dodge — heading south on Interstate 95.

Daraja Adero Tinsley
Sheldric J Slater
Wendell Harp

Cops were looking for the vehicle after three suspects robbed an AT&T store in Ormond Beach on Aug. 29.

The store’s clerk was shoved into a counter and several iPhones were stolen.

Chitwood spotted the getaway vehicle and called in a description and tag number.

The driver refused to stop for a traffic stop. Chitwood radioed in that it failed to stop and started to flee on Interstate 4 heading west.

“Sheriff Chitwood authorized a vehicle pursuit for his agency and pursued the vehicle with marked VCSO Deputy Sheriffs car and FHP marked patrol car,” a report said.

Chitwood said the vehicle then got off at Dirksen Drive heading west.

“The vehicle then crashed near Dirksen Drive/Grande Vista Street. The three occupants of the vehicle then started to run on foot from within the vehicle,” the report said.

Deputies told them to stop – but only two did: Wendell Harp, 18, and Sheldric J. Slater, 19.

Daraja Adero Tinsley, 20,  ran, according to a report and chopper video.

Deputies with two K-9 police dogs later took Tinsley later down near Dirksen and Agua Vista drives in DeBary.” A report said he was taken for medical treatment but details were not released.

A report said he was taken for medical treatment but details were not released.

All three remained at the Volusia County Branch Jail in Daytona Beach on Saturday.

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