CRESTVIEW — A Niceville man on felony probation for fleeing and eluding and multiple drivers’ license suspensions led an Okaloosa County Sheriff’s Office deputy on a high-speed chase through a hay field early this morning.
The deputy spotted a blue Ford Focus traveling 80 miles an hour in a 55-mph speed zone around 2:30 a.m. on State Road 85 near Auburn Road north of Crestview.
The car accelerated and then headed east on Bradley Road and into a hay field with two OCSO deputies in pursuit. The driver smashed through hay bales, went down a power line trail, and at times became airborne due to the high speeds.
When the car became disabled, the driver, later identified as 33-year-old James Jenkins, got out holding a large beer can and began to run toward the wood line, according to an OCSO media release. Once he reached the wooded area he dropped the can and ran head first into a tree, receiving a minor cut over his right eye.
Airborne. Tried to save his beer. Hay bales.