Santa Rosa Beach, Fla— Scratched, cut, and bruised from running through the woods an 18-year-old is now behind bars after a citizen calls to report a reckless driver in Santa Rosa Beach.
On August 20th just before 12:30am WCSO deputies responded to a reckless driver complaint near 30A and Highway 98. The caller told dispatchers the driver of the vehicle was all over the roadway, riding in the median, and speeding in access of 80 miles an hour.
Deputies caught up with the vehicle on Allen Loop Drive and as they approached the car the vehicle blew through a stop sign at Allen Loop and Masters Court. Deputies initiated a traffic stop as the vehicle approached, but the suspect quickly accelerated the car, swerving around the patrol car, and continued on Allen Loop Drive.
The suspect drove approximately 200 yards past the deputies when he pulled over and ran into the woods. A passenger in the vehicle positively identified the driver as Shane Sanders, 18, and said they knew Sanders license was not valid and thought he may have been under the influence of drugs.
The WCSO K9 Unit was called in and K9 Ella located Sanders in under an hour with the keys to the vehicle still around his neck on a lanyard.
Sanders was charged with fleeing and attempting to elude law enforcement officers, driving without a license, and was also issued a citation for running a stop sign.