Fleeing suspect targets deputy’s cruiser, destroys barn from 1800s

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Reported to reach speeds of 130 mph in a 55 mph speed zone

A domestic disturbance call over the weekend resulted in a Walton County Sheriff’s deputy having to avoid a collision by a fleeing vehicle and a barn from the 1800s being completely destroyed.

According to the incident report from WCSO, the deputy responded to a domestic disturbance call between a father and son in the early morning hours of Saturday, Feb. 24, 2018 at a home on Highway 83 in Walton County. While he was still making sure he was at the right location, the suspect came barreling down the driveway in a 4×4 Toyota Tundra truck. The responding deputy reported that the vehicle attempted to intentionally crash into his patrol car, but he was able to avoid the collision by driving toward the shoulder of the road and stopping. The suspect then fled down Highway 83 with the deputy in hot pursuit, allegedly attaining speeds of 130 mph and passing Nunnally Shoals and approaching Good Hope at speeds of 120 mph. The truck reportedly blew through the 4-way stop in Good Hope at 100 mph. The deputy reported slowing to 50 mph before going through the 4-way stop with his siren on and his lights flashing. During the chase, one vehicle was reported to have approached in the opposite direction while the suspect and deputy were driving at 100 mph.

The incident came to an end with the suspect turning onto Bearden Road, allegedly at 100 mph, and crashing into a barn that had been standing since the 1800s. The barn was destroyed. The suspect then exited the vehicle with his hands up. He allegedly confessed to smoking marijuana before leaving the house, and being on felony probation from a prior marijuana drug charge, but denied drinking any alcohol. However, he reportedly blew .09 on the also-sensor.

The suspect, Elijah Carlyle, 20, was taken to the hospital and treated before being checked into the Walton County Detention Center where he currently remains. He is charged with aggravated assault, fleeing to elude, reckless driving, speeding (130 in a 55 mph speed zone), furnishing/possession/consumption of alcohol by a minor, criminal trespass, failure to maintain lane,  seat belt violation, driving under the influence of alcohol and for violation of probation.

Editor’s  Note: An arrest or charge does not constitute a conviction.

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