Here’s some awesome footage from AIR1 on March 7, 2019. During a patrol over Whittier Park at approximately 4am, officers observed a vehicle stuck in snow east of a baseball diamond in the park.

The driver was able to free the vehicle and AIR1 noticed that the vehicle matched the description of a Toyota Corolla that had been stolen a week earlier from the Tyndall Park area.

Officers attempted a traffic stop, however the vehicle refused and began to speed up. While AIR1 continued to track the vehicle, a tire deflation device (“Stop Stick”) was deployed on Main Street and Higgins Avenue which caused the vehicle’s tires to slowly deflate.

The vehicle eventually came to a stop after it got stuck at the entrance of a back lane near Cumberland Avenue and Kennedy Street. The driver refused to exit the vehicle and continued to try to drive away.

He was eventually pulled out of the vehicle through the driver’s side window.

Inside the vehicle, officers found an 18-inch machete, break-in tools, a .270 Winchester ammunition cartridge and a small amount of methamphetamine.

It was later discovered that the male driver had been involved in a home invasion approximately 12 hours earlier in the Spence area where a machete was produced and two victims were injured.