DeFUNIAK SPRINGS — Two people involved in a high-speed car chase Thursday morning that started in Crestview and ended with a crash in DeFuniak Springs face several charges.
According to a news release from the Florida Highway Patrol, 36-year-old Raymond Warren of Kansas City was driving a 2011 BMW sedan on State Road 85 when he took off northbound after a Florida Highway Patrol trooper tried to stop the car at 8:22 a.m. Lawmen had received notice the vehicle was stolen.
Troopers lost sight of the vehicle, but it was later discovered at a home. The FHP had established a perimeter around the home when Warren drove through a patch of woods and onto eastbound U.S Highway 90, the release said.
As troopers chased the speeding BMW, Warren and the passenger, 25-year-old Hannah Zawislak of Miami, threw objects from the car and caused minor damage to FHP vehicles, the FHP reported.
As the suspects traveled east for about 20 miles into DeFuniak Springs, city police laid spike strips across the road and deflated the front left tire. Warren continued east and crashed into the sign in front of Plateful Restaurant near the intersection of U.S. Highway 331, the FHP reported.
“This driver put the lives of our citizens in danger,” DeFuniak Springs Police Chief Mark Weeks said. “Fortunately, no bystanders were hurt.”
The crash damaged the concrete base of the sign and a light pole, and busted a water main.
Warren and Zawislak tried to run but were caught by troopers, the news release said. They were to be charged with fleeing and eluding, resisting arrest, throwing a deadly missile, criminal mischief, reckless driving, narcotics possession and destruction of evidence, the FHP said.
Warren and Zawislak suffered minor injuries and were taken to Healthmark Regional Medical Center.