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Two facing charges in high speed chase ending in crash this afternoon in Calhoun Co.

DSC_0414by Teresa Eubanks, Editor
Calhoun-Liberty Journal

One suspect is currently being checked for injuries at Calhoun Liberty Hospital and a second man has just been taken to the Calhoun County Jail following a high speed chase that ended when a car slammed into a utility pole and caught fire.

Two black males were traveling at speeds of over 100 mph on US 231 in Bay County when a Florida Highway Patrol trooper attempted to stop the car earlier today, according to Calhoun County Sheriff Glenn Kimbrel.

The pursuit continued into Calhoun County. “The car came through Blountstown at the traffic light and turned south on 71, heading toward Port St. Joe,” the sheriff said.

The sheriff’s office and Blountstown Police Department joined in the chase as other agencies - including FWC, Gulf County deputies and a canine tracking unit from Calhoun Correctional Institution - headed to the intersection of SR 73 and 71 where the car crashed. The sheriff said troopers witnessed the wreck at The Junction.

The impact with a utility pole dropped power lines across the road.

Both men fled. A tracking dog quickly found one of the men hiding in a culvert, according to the sheriff. “About three hours later, Gulf County deputies found the other man walking along SR 73, about two miles north of SR 71, going toward Kinard,” Kimbrel said.

The sheriff estimated that more than 25 law enforcement officers responded to the crash site.

PHOTO: The charred shell of the car is shown here after it slammed into a utility pole and caught fire. Both men got out.

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January 19th, 2017

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