Williston Police Reports

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Suspect captured after car chase

By The Staff

Another chase through the streets of Williston came to a predictable end Saturday when a Tallahassee man was apprehended after his car skidded into the front lawn of a private residence.

Otis G. Edwards, 36, was arrested after he twice struck a patrol car while trying to avoid being stopped because he had no tag displayed.

According to the report by Officer Kevin Sheppard, he spotted the car coming into Williston at the east end on Noble Avenue. When he tried to stop the vehicle, the driver aggressively changed lanes and accelerated through the streets of the city.

Two other officers tried to form a rolling roadblock, but Edwards turned his vehicle and struck one car, then went south on Southeast 9th Street. He ran the stop sign at Southeast 1st Avenue, turning left, then made a turn onto Southeast 10th Street, making contact with the police car a second time. He then spun out and stopped on the front lawn of a house.

The driver, according to the report, repeatedly refused to come out of the car, and officers had to break the windows to get him out.

He was charged with aggravated fleeing and eluding, driving while licenses suspended or revoked, habitual offender, reckless driving, and aggravated assault on a law enforcement officer with a vehicle.

A search of the state offender data base shows that Edwards was jailed in 1997 for possession and sale of cocaine in Levy County. He was released in 1998 to a Williston address.

In other arrests by the Williston Police Dept.:

Darryl L. Manning Jr., 22, of Gainesville, was arrested on a Marion County warrant.

Douglas Edward Church, 44, of Southeast 77th Street, Morriston, was arrested on a Marion County warrant, custody order driving while license suspended or revoked.

Curtis D. Hynson, 27, of Southeast 78th Place, Morriston, was accused of domestic battery and disorderly intoxicaton after an incident at a shopping center in the city of Williston.

Terry L. Thompson, 25, of Northeast 11th Street, Williston, was arrested on a violation of probation warrant. No bond.