On Friday May 9th a Black Ford Explorer driven by 18-year-old Jaylen Powell was observed by deputies in Walton County pulling into a residence. The deputy knew the owners of the home and did not recognize the subject.
When the deputy pulled out to engage the man he accelerated his vehicle nearly wrecking several times. The deputy stopped pursuit of the vehicle and returned to the home to see if anything was taken.
Just minutes later an off-duty WCSO Lieutenant Artie Rodriguez made contact with the deputy saying Powell crashed his SUV in front of Rodriguez's home ¼ of a mile where the pursuit ended, fleeing on foot into the woods behind his house.
Lt. Rodriguez spotted the driver running north into the woods. A responding deputy stopped and entered the woods near the area he was spotted. He and Lt. Rodriguez spotted Powell running westbound and began chasing on foot. As the two grew closer the suspect yelled he was giving up and put his hands into the air.
Powell was transported to the Walton County Jail and is charged with attempting to elude a law enforcement officer.
Powell is currently on probation and is a registered sexual predator for sexual battery on a juvenile victim under 12 years of age in 2011.