SANFORD, Fla. (TND) — A sheriff’s deputy saw the registration on a driver’s white BMW had been expired for six months, and that’s the least of the driver’s problems now.
Timothy Israel Breedlove has been in jail since Sunday afternoon, after leading authorities in Florida on a chase estimated at 38 miles long.
It started near Daytona Beach and, “Immediately, the vehicle began speeding up and weaving through several other vehicles,” Breedlove’s arrest report said.
Then, per Volusia County policy, the deputy “deactivated her emergency equipment when it was evident the vehicle was not slowing or stopping.”
But she continued to follow it — “following all traffic laws with no emergency equipment activated,” the report said — “and observed the vehicle return to normal speeds.”
But authorities wouldn’t let him get away.
“Additional law enforcement officers” were called and they saw the vehicle “failing to stop” at a red light.
A sheriff’s office helicopter found the vehicle and kept its eye on it, “while notifying units on the ground of the location.
“Stop sticks were deployed and successfully struck both of the passenger side tires, deflating them.
“The vehicle continued at normal speeds, which caused the rubber of the deflated tires to come off the rims.”
Then, instead of stopping, he “merged onto westbound Interstate 4, towards Seminole County.”
The chopper clocked the disabled car at “between 77 mph and 81 mph, with metal and rubber debris flying from the vehicle.”
Eventually, it exited and Breedlove pulled over. He was told to get on the ground, and then he was handcuffed.
A woman was his front-seat passenger.
“Additionally in the vehicle were” the woman’s two children, “located in the back seat, visibly upset, crying, and appeared unarmed.”
The woman told the deputy who followed the car from the beginning that “when Timothy initially sped up, away from the traffic stop, she asked him what he was doing, which he replied the cops were behind them.
“[The woman] advised throughout the entire time he fled from law enforcement, she continually asked him to stop the vehicle and to think about [the children] in the car.
“[She] advised she was in fear for [them].”
As for the suspect, the deputy “asked Timothy why he did not stop, which [sic] he stated he has been having a hard time lately and just wanted to go celebrate [someone’s] birthday at the beach.
“Timothy advised once he sped up, he realized he had already committed a violation and decided he would continue to drive until trying to make it to his mother’s house in Sanford.”
Breedlove was charged with two counts of aggravated child abuse, three counts of false imprisonment, fleeing and eluding, and driving with a suspended license.
He also got traffic citations for fleeing and eluding, running a red light, having an expired vehicle registration, and driving on a suspended license.
The 25-year-old did not have a clean record in Seminole County before Sunday.
He faced charges including battery in 2021; and possession of burglary tools, resisting and loitering in 2016.