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Soon-to-be sentenced defendant leads police on three-county chase



Police attempted to stop the vehicle driven by Joseph J. MacQuarrie on U.S. 90 downtown this morning but he fled, leading authorities from the Baker County Sheriff's Office, Florida Highway Patrol and the Jacksonville Sheriff's Office on a chase east down the interstate and into Duval County.

FHP eventually stopped the runaway motorist, who then fled on foot before being apprehended by a K-9 unit.

The chase topped speeds of 85 to 95 mph but no accidents occurred as a result and no one beyond the suspect was injured.

Mr. MacQuarrie is set to sentenced on July 8 in an accidental shooting of his brother last November. He was charged with possession of a firearm by felon, tampering with evidence, improper exhibition of a weapon and culpable negligence in the shooting.

He has entered a plea of no contest in the case, in which he allegedly hid the gun following the shooting and lied about what transpired at his family's home near the fairgrounds.

Sheriff Joey Dobson said he now faces additional felony charges stemming from the Friday morning chase, both in Baker and Duval counties.

Joel Addington

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