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Carjacking suspect arrested in Flagler after feeing from Volusia in stolen Mercedes

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Treshawn Smith, 23, was wanted on multiple charges.
by: Jonathan Simmons News Editor

A man wanted in connection with a carjacking and multiple weapon complaints in Volusia County fled into Flagler County with law enforcement in pursuit, then crashed a stolen Mercedes head-on into a Flagler County Sheriff's Office deputy's unmarked patrol car.

No one was hurt in the crash, and the suspect, 23-year-old Daytona Beach resident Treshawn Deandre Smith, was arrested, according to an FCSO news release.

The car crossed into Flagler County on U.S. 1 at about 2:53 p.m. Monday, April 22. Flagler County Sheriff's Office deputies were notified that the driver was a suspect in an armed carjacking, and that the Volusia County Sheriff’s Office and Daytona Beach Police Department were tracking the car using Volusia's Air One emergency helicopter.

Deputies found the car in Bunnell, driving recklessly. It spun onto South Bacher Street at about 50 mph, according to an FCSO charging affidavit, and at one point made a U-turn through several yards, with bystanders nearby.

Deputies were trying to stop the car using a tactical roadblock on South Bacher Street in Bunnell when Smith crashed into the unmarked patrol car, which then struck a marked FCSO Mustang patrol car, according to the news release. The airbags in the car Smith was driving deployed, leaving the car inoperable. 

Smith flung the Mercedes' door open as if to run, but deputies ordered him to the ground, according to the charging affidavit. 

Smith was arrested and charged with fleeing and eluding, grand theft and driving without a license, according to the news release.

He also had two outstanding bond revocation warrants for armed trafficking in heroin and possession of a firearm by an in-state felon, according to the news release. 

“He picked the wrong exit,” Sheriff Rick Staly said, according to the news release. “Fortunately, we got him off the streets so he cannot be a danger to the public any longer. Unfortunately, he damaged two of our patrol cars in the process. Luckily no one was injured.” 

Smith, who is being held without bond, will face local charged in Flagler County, and will then be extradited to Volusia County to face his warrant charges, according to the news release.

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