Written by Keith Blackmar, Public Information Officer, WCSO Wednesday, 10 November 2010 21:25
The night of Tuesday, Nov. 9 ended with Jon Walter Loehr, 42, of Crawfordville seriously injured following an extensive vehicle pursuit that began off the Shadeville Highway and ran to the Oyster Bay community and back north of Wakulla Springs State Park. Law enforcement ended the pursuit with a pit maneuver that pushed the Honda Civic driven by Loehr off Highway 61, according to Sheriff David Harvey.
But the day was eventful at 10:49 a.m. when Loehr also ran from a traffic stop involving Deputy Ryan Muse. At the time Loehr was operating a 2001 Chevrolet Silverado owned by a friend when he acted suspiciously as he drove past Deputy Muse on Spring Creek Highway. Deputy Muse turned around to investigate and Loehr rapidly drove away and failed to stop for the red light at the intersection of Spring Creek Highway and Shadeville Highway.
Deputy Muse attempted to make a traffic stop on Shadeville Highway but Loehr failed to stop for more than 45 seconds and left the scene as Deputy Muse was exiting his vehicle.
Loehr continued to drive eastbound in the westbound lane of the highway as well as directly down the centerline of the highway running other motorists off the road. The pursuit continued northbound on Highway 61 and Deputy Muse clocked Loehr at speeds of up to 120 miles per hour. The motorist ran the stop sign at Highway 267 and Lt. Mike Kemp called off the pursuit at Highway 61 and Old Shell Point Road.
Deputy Muse turned off his emergency lights and continued to observe the truck force cars off the roadway. Loehr turned westbound on Oak Ridge Road and Leon County deputies were notified of the vehicle pursuit.
Leon County deputies followed Loehr to Springhill Road where he crashed the truck and fled on foot, only to be captured a short time later near his mother’s home. The suspect was taken to Tallahassee Memorial Hospital for observation. Later, he escaped and returned to Wakulla County setting up the night pursuit that resulted in his injuries.
The pending charges against Loehr from the morning pursuit include disobeying a signal or sign, reckless driving, fleeing and attempting to elude a law enforcement officer and operating a motor vehicle without a driver license.
The truck and Honda Civic used in the two high speed pursuits are registered to Vincent Joseph Rivas, 46, of Crawfordville who is Loehr’s Crawfordville roommate. A criminal traffic citation was issued to Rivas for allowing an unauthorized person to drive a motor vehicle. Leon County deputies told WCSO investigators that Rivas did have knowledge that Loehr did not have a driver license. The case investigation continues.
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