Two suspects are arrested after leading Bay County Sheriff’s deputies on a chase from Panama City Beach to Lynn Haven.
Authorities believe the chase started after the suspects allegedly stole potato chips.
Investigators say the driver hit four deputies in their vehicles during the pursuit Monday. The chase began after deputies say they received a call at 11 a.m. from a delivery truck driver dropping off supplies on the beach.
According to investigators, the delivery man saw the suspects Dustin Odum, 26, stealing a carton of chips from his truck and passing it to 24-year-old Jasmine Elizabeth Mundy, 24. Both are from Pasco County.
“He then tried to confront the male [Odum] – who then brandished a machete, and then made threats to the delivery person,” said BCSO Capt. Jason Daffin.
Authorities say the suspects fled, but they spotted them on Surf Drive and Choctaw Street and approached them.
That’s when authorities say Odum rammed his vehicle into one of the deputy’s vehicles. Mundy was left behind and taken into custody, but the pursuit continued.
“He led out to the old landing strip of the airport, there – several attempts to pit the vehicle which resulted in him ramming another one of our investigator’s vehicles head on,” said Daffin.
BCSO says Odum hit a third deputy’s vehicle, slammed through a chained linked fence, and would go on to hit a fourth one.
Odum reportedly crashed his vehicle into a ditch at Highway 390 and Jackson way and fled on foot, but authorities caught him. They’re thankful no one was seriously injured.
“The deputies and all who were involved in this did a great job to take a dangerous person and get him into custody before anybody got hurt.”
The suspects, Odum and Mundy, are charged with armed robbery. Odum is also charged with aggravated fleeing and alluding with Injuries, aggravated battery with a deadly weapon (3 counts), resisting an officer without violence, driving with license suspended or revoked, felony criminal mischief.
Investigators say Panama City police also assisted in the pursuit.The estimated value of the stolen items was $17.