FDLE investigates DCSO; Teenage passengers released from hospital Dixie County Sheriff Dewey Hatcher Sr. ends multiple-agency fleeing felon chase In this photo, a ShandsCair helicopter prepares to launch from just south of the crash site in Dixie County, south of Cross City. Behind the helicopter is a crumpled black truck in the southbound lane of U.S. 19. Dixie County Fire-EMS attended victims and controlled the landing site for safety.
The chase began in Marion County, Plessinger said. The Dixie County Sheriff’s Office requested the FDLE investigation, Plessinger said. A vehicle was reported stolen from Too Your Health Spa, 2841 S.W. 20th St. in Ocala, according Angy Scroble of the Ocala Police Department. Law enforcement officers from the OPD, Marion County Sheriff’s Office, Williston Police Department, Levy County Sheriff’s Office, Chiefland Police Department and the Dixie County Sheriff’s Office chased a suspected vehicle thief from Marion County on U.S. Alt. 27 through Williston, Levy County, Bronson, Chiefland, Old Town and Dixie County, before the suspect vehicle crashed on U.S. Highway 19 south of Cross City.
The ShandsCair helicopter makes its way to UF Health in Gainesville. Sheriff Hatcher forced the vehicle off the road, DCSO spokesman Maj. Scott Harden said. The vehicle was a Dodge Ram 2500 series, Harden said. There were three occupants inside the stolen truck. The driver was pronounced dead at the scene, Plessinger said. A 17- year-old male and a 15-year-old female, who were passengers, were treated and released from the UF Health in Gainesville, Plessinger said. One went by helicopter and the other went by ambulance, Harden said. The Florida Highway Patrol is assisting on scene, , Plessinger said. The MCSO is investigating the vehicle theft, Plessinger said. Here are some photos and a video from the Wednesday morning (July 23) event, when the FDLE and FHP post information, a new story will be generated.
Williston Police Department Deputy Chief Clay Connolly sits in a WPD cruiser in Bronson, returning to Williston, after having completed his part of the duties. This photo was taken at the stop light near Bronson Ace Hardware. Within a second after the shutter closed, Deputy Chief Connolly rolled down his window and wished his friend from The Fourth Estate a good day, in Connolly's own way. ~ Levy County Undersheriff Brett Beauchamp (right) and three other LCSO members walk away from assisting a motorist after they departed from the chase. In this photo taken at 9:16 a.m. on Wednesday, the officers are walking northbound on the western shoulder of southbound U.S. Highway 19 in the unincorporated part of Levy County north of Chiefland.
The Suwannee River is a river that flows between Levy, Dixie and Gilchrist counties, as well as other counties like Hamilton, Madison and Suwannee. It is an economic engine as well as a cultural thread for the area. On Wednesday afternoon (July 16) the river was at a nice level with a relatively strong flow. At one of the parks next to the river, there are bands placed on a post to show flood levels of April 14, 1948 - 21.78 feet; April 4, 1973 - 18.03 feet; April 14, 1984 16.53 feet; Feb. 27, 1986 - 15.10 feet; and March 26, 1998 - 16.85 feet. These levels are measured at the gauges located in the Fanning Springs Roadside Park and elevations are given in feet above mean sea level. This information was provided by the Suwannee River Water Management District. The view of the stairs is looking up from the river, almost from the bottom stair-step. There is also a floating dock in this area of the Suwannee River, which is on the southwest quadrant of the intersection of U.S. Highway 19 and the Suwannee River in the town of Fanning Springs. The warning sign speaks volumes about the dangers of swimming in the river here.
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