Stephen Troy Arrested In High Speed Chase

MEDIA RELEASEDate: October 27, 2009Time: 7:15 PM On October 19, 2009 Deputy Tonya Gainey arrested Stephen Michael Troy on a Levy County warrant for grand theft auto, fleeing attempting to elude a police officer, battery on a police dog, aggravated assault on a law enforcement officer and driving while license suspended. Troy‘s problems began on March 20, 2008 when he was driving a stolen vehicle and attempted to elude Levy County deputies. The high speed pursuit reached speeds to 90-100 Mph and Troy refused to stop on State Road 500. During the pursuit Deputy Marshall Smith attempted to deploy stop sticks prior to Troy entering the city of Chiefland. Troy evaded the stop sticks and attempted to run over Smith in the median. The pursuit ended when Corporal Wilburn Wells was able to deploy stop sticks and deflate Troy’s front tires at Lebanon Station on State Road 55. Troy ignored deputies’ orders and immediately fought deputies by violently punching and kicking K-9 Deputy Willie Barnes and Sergeant Zachary Knight. Sheriff’s K-9 Taz a Belgian Malinois was released and apprehended Troy by biting him on his legs. During the arrest Troy struck K-9 Taz numerous times in the head with his fist and he was finally subdued. Troy was transported to University of Florida Shands hospital for K-9 bites. Upon Troy being released he was arrested and transported to Marion County on numerous felony charges where he was later sentenced to prison. On July 23, 2008 Troy was sentenced to prison and currently housed at Columbia Correctional Institute. Troy was sentenced to two years and four months on multiple felony charges that occurred in Marion County. Due to Troy being sentenced on the Marion County charges he was never arrested on the Levy County charges until October 19, 2009. Troy is scheduled to be released from prison on March 17, 2010 and he will answer to the Levy County charges. Defendant: Stephen Michael Troy19289 NW 160 AveWilliston, FloridaWhite Male11/29/78###