Chase ends with on-foot pursuit, suspect gives up
SANFORD, Fla. (FOX 35 WOFL) - The Volusia County Sheriff's Office says that a Sanford man is behind bars after carjacking a woman, ramming a Volusia County Sheriff's Office patrol car, and fleeing law enforcement at high speed into Seminole County, where he wound up bailing, running, and finally giving up.
They say the incident started in DeLand, where deputies responded to a disturbance on New York Avenue. It turned out to be a carjacking.
Upon arrival, deputies say that the victim told them that her ex-boyfriend, 29-year-old John McGowen, falsely imprisoned her, battered her, and then took her vehicle.
McGowen reportedly went on to flee into Seminole County. The Seminole County Sheriff's Office posted onto Facebook some footage of it.
The Seminole County Sheriff's Office says that one of the Seminole County sheriff's units performed an initial pit maneuver in a field off 25th Street in Sanford, but it was unsuccessful. A second pit maneuver was performed and the vehicle did successfully come to a stop. McGowen then bailed out and ran.
After a short pursuit, deputies say that McGowen gave up without incident and was apprehended.
McGowen is in the Seminole County Jail today facing charges that include carjacking, fleeing and attempting to elude law enforcement and aggravated battery on LEO, in addition to charges on several outstanding warrants.