A white Dodge Charger led authorities on a high-speed, four-county chase on Interstate 10 eastbound before crashing near Sanderson about 10 am on February 28.
The driver, Terrick Shadon Lundy, 26, of Jacksonville was captured some three hours later by K-9 search teams from Baker Correctional Institution and the Florida Highway Patrol (FHP) less than a quarter-mile from the wreck scene, ending a massive multi-agency manhunt.
Passenger Ronnie Bernard Williams, 31, of St. Augustine was critically injured when the vehicle, traveling at an estimated 100 mph, slammed into a large pine tree after Mr. Lundy tried to avoid stop sticks placed near the U.S. 90 interchange. He reportedly navigated around a similar obstruction in Columbia County.
Mr. Williams was taken to Fraser Hospital and flown to Shands Jacksonville. Neither suspect was wearing a seat belt, FHP’s report indicates.
A Madison County Sheriff’s Office deputy attempted to pull the Charger over for speeding about 9:30 am on I-10 eastbound. During the traffic stop, the vehicle sped away and at some point the deputy fired at the car.
FHP’s account of the incident states the gun shots occurred before the vehicle fled the scene. A news release from the Florida Department of Law Enforcement, which is investigating the shooting at the request of Madison County authorities, said “an altercation occurred, shots were fired, and the chase began.”
A spokeswoman for the department declined to provide further details, citing the ongoing investigation into the police-involved shooting. She said the investigation should be complete within a few weeks.
There have been other reports that the suspects possibly fired at police, but they have not been confirmed by officials sources.
An account in the Lake City Reporter noted that FHP initially said the deputy saw the passenger, Mr. Williams, reach under his seat and ordered him to show his hands before firing as the Charger drove away.
A pursuit by multiple law enforcement agencies ensued through Suwannee, Columbia and Baker counties, ending when the driver lost control and wrecked near Sanderson.
Mr. Lundy was exiting the car even before it came to rest, said BCSO Deputy Ben Anderson, one of the first officers at the scene. Another officer said police recovered about a pound of marijuana in the trunk of the mangled 2012 Charger. It sustained an estimated $10,000 in damage.
Traffic was detoured onto U.S. 90 during the search for the suspect, which involved dozens of officers including sheriff’s deputies, state fish and wildlife officers, FHP troopers and prison personnel stationed along the interstate, at exits, ramps and other perimeter points.
Although he’s being held at the Baker County jail without bond, Mr. Lundy faces charges from Madison County of aggravated assault on a law enforcement officer, possession of marijuana with intent to distribute and felony fleeing and eluding.
His Facebook page indicates he graduated from Terry Parker High School and has a daughter.
Mr. Williams’ charges are pending further investigation.