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Man leads deputies on chase throughout Flagler County

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The man was taken to the Flagler County Jail without incident.

A 23-year-old Palm Coast resident led law enforcement on a chase throughout Flagler County on Sunday, April 14, according to a charging affidavit released by the Flagler County Sheriff's Office.

Deputies responded to Seminole Woods in reference to a stolen vehicle, which was described by the FCSO to be a red Honda CR-V. Deputies spotted the vehicle at the intersection of Seminole Woods and State Road 100.

With deputies trailing behind him, the driver of the stolen vehicle turned off Seminole Woods into a RaceTrac gas station. The vehicle then accelerated through the parking lot without stopping and turned back onto S.R. 100 going east.

The vehicle continued on S.R. 100 without stopping or making any attempt to stop. By this time, other deputies were also attempting to stop the vehicle.

While passing S.R. 100 and Old Kings, a small unknown object was seen being thrown from the passenger side of the vehicle.

The vehicle continued to drive recklessly with law enforcement in pursuit onto Colbert Lane.

Deputies set up stop sticks at the intersection of Kingswood Drive and Old Kings, but the vehicle ran over the median in order to avoid them and continued north on Old Kings.

The vehicle made its way to I-95 and exited at the 279 mile marker. A nearby deputy set up stop sticks at the intersection of Old Dixie and U.S. 1, which the vehicle struck, deflating its tires. The vehicle came to a rest just north of Seminole Woods.

The driver was identified as John Germain, who waived his Miranda Rights. Germain yelled at the passenger of the vehicle, who was speaking with deputies, to "don't tell them s**t."

Deputies also found a bag with a "white, powdery substance" in it.

Germain was taken to the Flagler County Jail without incident, and he was charged with grand theft of a motor vehicle, burglary of a conveyance, fleeing and eluding, among other charges. Germain was previously arrested in 2017 for possession of a concealed firearm, but he was not convicted.

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