Man claims CCSO deputies were ‘racists’ following high speed chase
FLEMING ISLAND – A Jacksonville man was put in the Clay County Jail on Sept. 2 after they led deputies on a high-speed chase on U.S. Highway 17, the Clay County Sheriff’s Office reported.
Reginald Dale Davis, 39, was charged with stealing a white Hyundai Sonata, resisting arrest, striking a CCSO K-9, leaving the scene of an accident involving property damage, driving with a suspended license and attempting to flee and elude the police with lights and siren active. He was released after posting bonds totaling $57,768.
The chase started when deputies spotted a car reported stolen near Village Square Parkway. Davis drove the car north toward Orange Park, surpassing speeds of 100 mph, before making a u-turn at Creighton Road. Now southbound on U.S. 17 and with speeds of at least 100 mph, Davis forced a car into the median to avoid a collision. He then crossed the median and entered the parking lot at Extra Space Storage at 4653 U.S. 17. Davis left the car and jumped the fence into the storage yard – all while the car was still in gear. It eventually crashed into the front gate.
CCSO deployed K-9 Bull, and the dog quickly grabbed Davis by the leg in a heavily wooded area behind the storage facility. After wrestling with police, he was placed in handcuffs and taken to Orange Park Medical Center to treat the dog bite. While at the hospital, Davis continually yelled, “I was beat by the racist police,” CCSO said. According to the arrest report, he told hospital workers he had memory loss and couldn’t remember what happened.
Man arrested five years after allegedly fondling a girl
KEYTONE HEIGHTS – A 71-year-old man was arrested and charged Sept. 2 with fondling a girl in 2015.
According to the arrest report, Robert Bruce Beckham, of Keystone Heights, inappropriately touched the girl below the waist more than five years ago.
The victim finally came forward with the allegations on Sept. 1, CCSO said.
Shoplifter runs into two cars trying to run from deputies
ORANGE PARK – A woman running from Orange Park Mall security crashed into two cars and eventually was tracked down by the Clay County Sheriff’s Office.
Etorial Stevetta Plant, 33, of Jacksonville was booked into the county jail on Sept. 3 on eight charges. Her bond was set at $150,772.
After being spotted taking clothes from mall stores, Plant tried to escape on Wells Road. She ran into two cars, which led to two counts of aggravated battery with a deadly weapon. She also was charged with shoplifting, possession of marijuana, hit and run and failing to stop to render aid, resist arrest from the recovery of property and the use of a magnet to remove antishoplifting tags.
None of the drivers struck by Plant were seriously injured, according to CCSO.