(Citrus County, FL) Shortly after 7 p.m. last night, June 23, 2019, the Citrus County Sheriff’s Office and the Florida Highway Patrol took 23-year-old Charles Austin Alec Jewell of Winter Haven into custody following a vehicle pursuit spanning Citrus and Hernando County.
Jewell led Citrus County Sheriff’s Office deputies on an extensive chase throughout the area of Inverness and Floral City.
“We are very fortunate that everyone involved in this pursuit is safe and unharmed,” said Sheriff Prendergast. “When there is a suspect who is not only willing to evade law enforcement but displays aggressive behavior as Jewell did, we face a serious threat to our community.”
Around 6:40 p.m., Citrus County Sheriff’s dispatch center received a phone call in reference to a road rage incident where the caller reported a suspect driver fired a gun during the encounter.
Responding deputies were able to locate the suspect vehicle, from the description, at a gas station off U.S. 41(South Florida Avenue) and East Gobbler Drive in Floral City.
After making contact with the vehicle’s driver, deputies identified 23-year-old Charles Austin Alec Jewell as the suspect in the road rage incident and learned he has wanted out of Polk County. When asked to step out of the vehicle, Jewell placed the car in reverse, nearly striking one deputy, in an attempt to elude law enforcement.
Deputies pursued Jewell through the Inverness and Floral City taking steps to safely demobilize the vehicle. Eventually, the front tires on the vehicle began to break apart as the chase continued into Floral City on Trails End Road.
The Florida Highway Patrol (FHP) joined in the pursuit, ultimately performing a P.I.T. maneuver and stopping the vehicle. Jewell was taken into custody by CCSO deputies and FHP without further incident. FHP will be completing Jewell’s arrest for fleeing and eluding.
Jewell will be arrested on local charges for aggravated assault with a firearm and aggravated battery on LEO.