Deputies pursue burglary suspect until he crashes

A car crashed into a tree during a high-speed chase in Gainesville on Thursday.

Matt Stamey/The Gainesville Sun
Published: Thursday, August 15, 2013 at 4:18 p.m.
Last Modified: Thursday, August 15, 2013 at 4:18 p.m.

A suspected burglar led deputies on a short but fast chase in southwest Gainesville Thursday afternoon that ended when he drove into a tree.

Alachua County sheriff’s officials said the suspect, Rodney Garnett Young Jr., 19, was not injured.

“The vehicle was spotted leaving the subdivision as deputies were responding. The individual operating the vehicle matched the description we received of the individual seen climbing out the window of a burglarized residence,” Sgt. Brandon Kutner said.

“Once we had enough units in place, we attempted a traffic stop. The individual fled,” he said.

The burglary was reported at 2:42 p.m. in Haile Plantation. Deputies began chasing Young at the Cabana Beach apartments on Southwest 20th Avenue.

Kutner said the chase went east on 20th to 43rd Street, south on 43rd Street and then to 42 Street. Young jumped a curb and hit a small tree across from a hotel.

Speeds ranged from 30 to 70 mph, Kutner said.

While the front end of the gold Toyota Corolla was smashed, Lt. Todd Kelly said Young was not injured and noted that the airbag had deployed.

Young will be charged with fleeing and eluding. Additional charges are possible, including burglary.

Kelly said it does not appear that anyone was home when the burglary occurred.

Two deputies were involved in the immediate chase and two others were tailing, Kutner said.

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