Chief Adds Color Chiefland Police Chief Robert Douglas tells the Chiefland City Commission that the suspected vehicle thief who died last week after a three-county chase began his run near to where the chief lives in Marion County. Douglas went on to say that a deputy with the Marion County Sheriff's Office shot out a tire of the stolen vehicle when it was in the Fanning Springs area, but that the thief just kept driving the Dodge Ram pickup truck. Earlier in the chase, Douglas said cruisers had the suspect boxed in, but the teenager used the big diesel-powered Dodge Ram to drive over a cruiser. As noted in a previous story on HardisonInk.com, officers Douglas Russell and Arnaldo Colon with the Ocala Police Department began investigating a stolen black 2008 Ram 2500 that was taken by David Allen Newmeyer Jr., 17. The boy is said to have taken keys for the truck from a board where customers hang them as they use To Your Health Spa, at 2841 S.W. 29th St., in Ocala. The call for help came at 7 a.m. on Wednesday (July 23), and the OPD was there within seven minutes, according to records. The truck had an estimated value of $25,000, according to records provided by OPD Public Information Officer Angy Scroble. In addition to the truck, there was a wallet with cash and credit cards in it, and the victim -- Christopher C. Morris, 29, of Ocala, reported a .38 caliber semiautomatic Taurus pistol was in the vehicle as well. The suspected thief's father David Allen Newmeyer Sr. told the victim that the boy had bragged about stealing his grandfather's truck the night before and that he intended to steal another one, according to the OPD report. Chief Douglas did not speak much about the venture of the thief through Chiefland. Douglas did say the Ram went onto the property of Chiefland High School and then went northbound in the southbound lane of U.S. Highway 19. An eyewitness at the intersection of U.S. Alt. 27 and U.S. 19 said she counted 15 police cars chasing the Ram at that point. For more information about the theft and subsequent actions, please see one of the previous stories, which is now archived and can be seen by clicking HERE. Gretl Plessinger of the Florida Department of Law Enforcement intimated in an email to HardisonInk.com on Monday that it may be a month before the FDLE completes its investigation of whether Dixie County Sheriff Dewey Hatcher Sr. used excessive force to stop the marauding truck thief who refused to stop, and who reportedly damaged a cruiser while fleeing. Photo by Jeff M. Hardison
The helicopter waits in the field near the backyard of Baynard Law, P.A., in beautiful downtown Chiefland.
The patient is wheeled toward the flying ambulance.
The patient is placed in the helicopter.
The three shots above show the vertical take-off.
In addition to CFR Firefighter Steve Marson (seen in his bunker gear at left, and ready to respond if needed), other CFR members and staff from Levy County Department of Public Safety assisted in the whole process too. This patient needed medical attention quickly and the airborne ambulance was called to transport the individual to UF Health in Gainesville (formerly known as Shands Teaching Hospital). The weather was relatively pleasant, although it was as hot as one might expect on a late afternoon in late July. The landing and launch both appeared to run like clockwork.
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