A Florida man was arrested after stealing a semi-truck in Georgia, driving it back to Florida, and eventually ramming a police vehicle.
According to the Ocala Police Department (OPD), they arrested Edward Dial, 45, of Citrus Spring, Florida, for fleeing after hitting a police car in a stolen semi-truck on Dec. 26th.
OPD says the truck, which was stolen out of Georgia, hit an unoccupied off-duty police vehicle.
Police say a vehicle pursuit began around 5:15 p.m. near the 1300 block of Southeast 17th Street. The pursuit ended after the vehicle eventually stopped in Lake Nona near the Orlando VA Medical Center.
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The SWAT team was called in to take the man into custody after a brief barricade situation.
“Thankfully, no one was hurt. Law enforcement quickly located the fleeing vehicle and followed it across Marion, Lake, and Orange counties. Multiple agencies helped with the pursuit, including Marion County Sheriff’s Office, Lake County Sheriff’s Office, Eustis Police Department, and the Orange County Sheriff’s Office, Florida. Additionally, law enforcement helicopters supported in the pursuit,” said Ocala Police Department.
Dial was arrested and charged with fleeing and eluding with disregard to public safety, leaving the scene of an accident with property damage, and grand theft of a motor vehicle.