ORANGE PARK – A man the Clay County Sheriff’s Office said was driving recklessly was charged with stealing the car following a 90 mph chase on Blanding Boulevard on Nov. 3. William Isaiah …
ORANGE PARK – A man the Clay County Sheriff’s Office said was driving recklessly was charged with stealing the car following a 90 mph chase on Blanding Boulevard on Nov. 3.
William Isaiah Newbill, 19, of Jacksonville, was charged with grand theft auto, driving without a valid license, attempting to elude law enforcement with lights and siren active and leaving the scene of an accident involving property damage after he crashed into a fence at the intersection of Swimming Pen Drive and County Road 220 – more than nine miles from where the chase started.
According to the arrest report, a CCSO deputy saw Newbill cutting through the parking lot of Old Time Pottery on Blanding and running the red light at the intersection of Blanding and Loch Rane boulevards. When the deputy attempted to make a traffic stop, the car sped away. The chase became so dangerous, CCSO said it disengaged the pursuit since Newbill sped through traffic lights.
The car was then spotted on Knight Boxx Road, where the chase resumed. Newbill turned onto C.R. 220 and he attempted to turn south on Swimming Pen when he lost control and struck a power pole guide wire and fence.
Newbill ran from the scene, but he eventually was caught after the deputies established a perimeter.
Damage at the intersection created lengthy delays along C.R. 220 on Nov. 3 while crews made repairs.
Newbill said a “friend” loaned him the car, but deputies noticed the ignition column was broken.
Newbill’s bond was set at $104,010.