Daytona Beach Police have released video of a stolen car pursuit Tuesday, in which Police Chief Michael Chitwood’s vehicle was side swiped. Three Daytona Beach teens were arrested for Grand Theft Auto after the pursuit ended, evidently when the driver could no longer maintain control of the stolen car due to two flat tires.
The video appears to have been taken with a camera mounted in the Daytona Beach K-9 patrol unit, which was running with emergency lights and siren behind the Chief, as the stolen Honda was pursued westbound on Dunn Avenue, east of Clyde Morris Boulevard late Tuesday afternoon. You can see in the video that Chief Chitwood is also running with his emergency lights on in his unmarked city vehicle. The posted video does not include audio.
As the video starts, Chief Chitwood appears to pull the stolen Honda over to the right lane of Dunn Avenue, and then the Chief pulls in front of the stolen car. The K-9 unit is following behind the Chief, and police say another Daytona Beach patrol car is behind the K-9 unit. Then the video shows the Honda pulling out into traffic again, in front of the K-9 unit, and into the turn lane of Dunn Avenue. Chief Chitwood then pulls out into traffic also, and proceeds westbound to the right of the Honda in the left westbound lane.
At around nine seconds in the video, the Honda pulls ahead of the Chief’s car, and both cars proceed west on Dunn Avenue, with the Honda in the turn lane and the Chief in the left westbound lane. At approximately 12 seconds into the video, the Honda can be seen pulling into the left lane, forcing the Chief’s car into the right lane. The stolen car then continues into the right lane and into the left side of Chief Chitwood’s car. The Chief then pulls ahead of the Honda, crossing in front of the stolen car, and spinning out into the turn lane of Dunn Avenue.
The other pursuing police officers follow the Honda, which is abandoned at Mason Avenue and Berkshire Road, and arrest the teenage driver who fled along Berkshire Road. Police Chief Michael Chitwood told this Examiner he was “fine” following the incident, and the Chief appeared to be well when this Examiner saw him at the City Commission meeting Wednesday evening.
The incident started when the Honda was allegedly stolen near Third Street and Nova Road in Daytona Beach Tuesday afternoon. Daytona Beach Police spokesperson Jimmie Flint also confirmed that the victim of the car theft had left the keys in the unattended vehicle.
Click here to view the pursuit video at the Daytona Beach Police YouTube site.