On Dec. 30 at 8:01 p.m., WCSO deputies arrested a 17-year-old juvenile and Sylvenson Lover Michel, 18, both of Tallahassee, in connection with a vehicle pursuit that involved a stolen vehicle from Tallahassee and a roll over vehicle crash at Highway 267 and Springhill Road, according to Sheriff Charlie Creel. The vehicle crash involved three other juveniles, ages 14, 15 and 17.
WCSO deputies received a suspicious vehicle complaint about three male subjects dumping items on the side of Andrew Spears Road in Crawfordville. The items included a tackle box, fishing pole and backpack that are believed to be part of a Leon County burglary. G. Brian Smith of Tallahassee reported his vehicle being stolen earlier in Leon County.
A short time later, the vehicle was reported as reckless at Ivan Assembly of God Church where the subjects picked up a 14-year-old female subject. At that time it was undetermined whether the female got into the vehicle on her own or was kidnapped. The vehicle sped off on Crawfordville Highway and Highway 267 as deputies followed. The male subjects continued on Crawfordville Highway and went west on Highway 267.
The subjects attempted to turn onto Springhill Road but lost control of the vehicle and struck a tree. The vehicle went airborne and rolled three times. Four subjects exited through the sunroof and two ran into a wooded area while two others were apprehended. The female subject returned to the scene and surrendered. It was later determined she entered the vehicle willingly in Crawfordville.
The juveniles were identified and the driver, age 17, was apprehended without incident near Guy Strickland Road. Three of the juveniles were transported by Wakulla EMS to Tallahassee Memorial Hospital for treatment of injuries which were not life threatening.
Approximately 45 minutes after the vehicle crash another juvenile was located behind a house near the crash scene. His information was collected and he was released to EMS personnel for transport to the hospital.
The 17-year-old driver was charged with high speed fleeing and eluding, interfering with child custody, leaving the scene of an accident with injury, grand theft of a vehicle and obstructing justice. Michel was charged with grand theft of a vehicle and interfering with child custody. Charges are pending against another 17-year-old juvenile for vehicle theft and interfering with child custody.
The 17-year-old juvenile was transported to the Juvenile Assessment Center in Tallahassee. Michel remains in the Wakulla County Jail under a $6,000 bond.
The Florida Highway Patrol was called to the scene to investigate the traffic crash. Deputy Alan Middlebrooks, Deputy Matt Hedges, Sgt. Danny Harrell, Deputy Kenneth Miller and Deputy Brandon Sheffield all investigated for the WCSO.