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.
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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