Chiefland offender held on $6 million bond

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A Chiefland man is being held on a $6 million bond following a series of incidents Aug. 17 that included a high speed chase, assault and attempted murder on a law enforcement officer.

Jonathan Maurice Allen, 24, of 10091 NW Ave. was arrested for attempted murder on a law enforcement officer, five counts of aggravated assault, possession of crack cocaine with intent to distribute, tampering with evidence, possession of cocaine with intent to sell, sale of cocaine within 1000 feet from a place of worship and two counts of unlawful use of a two way communication device.

 The Levy County Drug Task Force Agents, working under the authority of the U.S. Marshal’s Service Florida Regional Fugitive Task Force, were conducting surveillance on Allen, who was a fugitive from justice. 

 On May 15, 2012 the Drug Task Force purchased crack cocaine from Allen in the Chiefland area only 1,000 feet from a church. 

 On Aug. 10 Judge James T. Browning signed a warrant for Allen’s arrest for possession of a controlled substance with intent to sell, sale of cocaine within 1,000 feet of a place of worship and unlawful use of a two-way communication device and issued a $90,000 bond. 

 Last Friday, Aug. 17 agents located Allen driving a car at the McDonald’s in Chiefland.  After positively identifying the driver as Allen, who was the only person in the car, they attempted to arrest him, according to the sheriff’s report.  

Fearing a high speed chase, agents attempted to block Allen’s car at the drive-thru and identified themselves by having emergency lights on and wearing sheriff’s and or U.S. Marshal insignia. 

 After Capt. Anderson blocked Allen’s vehicle, he got out of his vehicle and advised Allen that he was under arrest.  Allen refused to surrender and attempted to run over Anderson while he was on foot in the parking lot. Anderson narrowly escaped death by jumping out of the way, the report stated, and Allen jumped the curb and was able to elude the dragnet. 

 Allen refused to stop at stop signs or traffic lights and the high speed pursuit continued into the county.  

Deputy Britton Drew joined and assisted in the car chase at County Road 347 and State Road 55 and was able to capture the chase on his dash cam video. 

 A rolling road block was attempted to end the chase but Allen refused to stop and continued to elude law enforcement officers.  Allen drove across the grassy median and traveled south in the north bound lane running numerous vehicles off the road. 

 While driving in the wrong direction of traffic, Allen ran numerous motorists off the road and finally lost control of his vehicle, traveling across the median and unto the southbound lane.  

Agent Rob Bowers attempted to stop Allen by tapping his back quarter panel and forcing him to spin out in the median.  

Allen refused to stop and was using his 4,000 pound vehicle as a weapon.   

Due to Allen’s actions, Investigator Rob Bowers fired shots attempting to stop Allen, who continued to assault law enforcement officers.

 Lt. Duane Dykstra was able to tap Allen’s quarter panel and Allen spun out but was attempting to flee the scene when Anderson rammed Allen’s vehicle and the chase was ended. 

 Allen was arrested without further incident and charged with 17 felony charges.  

Allen received a $6 million bond at first appearance.