Speeding car was finally stopped in Alachua County
Published: Monday, August 4, 2014 at 8:41 p.m.
Last Modified: Monday, August 4, 2014 at 8:41 p.m.
A car driving recklessly on I-75 and clocked at one point at 127 mph in Sumter County was finally stopped in Alachua County near the south end of Paynes Prairie by the Florida Highway Patrol early Monday afternoon.
The car, a 2002 Infinity, was first reported in Sumter County, where it failed to stop for a trooper, then drove into Marion County.
FHP Cpl. Tomas Dillon spotted the vehicle, missing its left front tire, at the 360-mile marker in Marion County, driving north and in a reckless manner. After entering Alachua County, Dillon observed the vehicle traveling at a very slow speed.
“In order to maintain the safety of the motoring public,” FHP reported, Dillon initiated a Precision Immobilization Technique (PIT) maneuver. The Infinity was re-directed onto the east shoulder of I-75 and came to a stop.
Several FHP units arrived to assist Dillon. The driver refused to get out of his car after multiple commands.
After about an hour the Alachua County Sheriff’s Office deployed chemical spray into the car. Charles Englebaugh, 45, of Sarasota, got out of the car and was taken to the Alachua County jail.
Northbound I-75 traffic was stopped for about one hour due to this incident. No injuries were reported.