Driver Flees from Deputies

May 1, 2024

At approximately 9:30 a.m. on April 30th Deputy Nick Duncan was alerted to a “be on the lookout” (BOLO) for a stolen truck issued by the Chiefland Police Department (CPD). CPD officers responded to a domestic violence call where the victim reported being in an argument with her boyfriend while driving in town. The victim was battered then forcefully removed from her vehicle by the boyfriend who then stole her truck and fled the scene.

Deputy Duncan saw the stolen vehicle driven by the suspect southbound on US 19, north of the Town of Inglis. He pulled in behind the truck and turned on his overhead emergency lights signaling the driver to pull over. The driver did pull over initially, but hit the gas and fled from Deputy Duncan.

Deputy Duncan pursued the fleeing driver at speeds in excess of 100 mph southbound on US 19. Deputy Kelly Kimpel was able to position herself in the median at the outskirts of Inglis and deploy Stop Sticks, effectively puncturing the front driver’s side tire of the fleeing vehicle. This did not deter the fleeing felon who continued south on US 19 into Citrus County. His reckless disregard for safety, even after his tire disintegrated, endangered all other motorists on the road. The suspect continued his effort to evade Deputy Duncan by swerving around traffic and running red lights as they entered into Crystal River. The suspect turned onto SR 44, made a few evasive turns then lost control on NE 1st Street, crashing into mailboxes and a power pole then into a tree before coming to a stop. Deputy Duncan used his push bumper to pin the driver’s door closed and prevented the driver from fleeing on foot. The pursuit totaled approximately 20 miles.

The driver, identified as Daniel Maxwell (11/23/83) of Crystal River was taken into custody. He was booked into the Citrus County Detention Center and has been charged with aggravated fleeing and attempting to elude LEO, grand theft of a motor vehicle and driving on a suspended driver’s license. He will be held in Citrus County awaiting transfer to the Levy County Detention Center.