Third Person In Valdosta Police Pursuit Released From Hospital

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Press Release: Lowndes County Sheriff's Office

The third person in the vehicle which fled from deputies on Thursday, June 20 was released from South Georgia Medical Center and subsequently arrested and transported to the Lowndes County Jail.

Brandon Marquis Smith has appeared for an arraignment hearing and his bond was denied.

The investigation into the credit cards and driver license that were recovered is continuing as investigators are still attempting to contact some of the victims.

ID data: Smith, Brandon Marquis
22 years old
Hollywood, Florida
Charges: Financial transaction card theft
Failure to wear a seatbelt

Brandon Smith is also being sought by the Broward County, Florida Sheriff’s Office for an outstanding arrest warrant. A hold has been placed on Brandon Smith by that agency and he will be returned to Florida when the charges here are either disposed of or he is released on bond.

Press Release: Lowndes County Sheriff's Office

On Thursday afternoon, around 4:15 a deputy assigned to the Interstate Criminal Enforcement unit of the Sheriff’s Office observed a Toyota Camry traveling north on Interstate 75 with window tint clearly in excess of the allowed limits.

The deputy performed a traffic stop near the 15 mile marker and as the deputy began to approach the vehicle, the vehicle sped away leading to a chase north on the interstate. The vehicle exited the interstate at exit 22 and proceeded toward Valdosta and after a couple of turns eventually turned onto Old U.S. Highway 41 North where they struck another vehicle head-on.

The fleeing vehicle left the roadway and flipped several times. The three {3} occupants of the vehicle, who were not seat belted, were injured and were transported to South Georgia Medical Center for injuries sustained in the crash. The driver of the other vehicle, which was struck, had minor injuries but was not transported for treatment. His vehicle sustained extensive damage.

During investigation, it was learned that the driver had fled because one of the parties in the vehicle was being sought for arrest warrants in Florida. Deputies also located a number of driver license and credit cards that were not issued to any of the persons in the vehicle.

Investigators confirmed that the items had been stolen from various locations in south Florida. Additional investigation is being conducted and the rightful owners are being contacted.

Two of the occupants were released from the hospital and were transported to the Lowndes County Jail. The third person was hospitalized for additional treatment of his injuries. The two {2} in jail will appear for an arraignment hearing in the Lowndes County Magistrate Court today where a bond will be considered.

Additional charges on the trio may be forthcoming as this investigation progresses.

ID Data:

Steven Toussaint
23 years old
Pompano Beach, Florida
Charges: Fleeing and attempting to elude, Financial transaction card theft, Driving with a suspended license, Driving under the influence, Weaving over the roadway, Failure to wear a seatbelt

Patrick Noel
26 years old
Wilton Manor, Florida
Charges: Financial transaction card theft, Failure to wear a seatbelt

The third person, who is being sought by Florida authorities, is not identified because he has not yet been arrested. Upon his release from the hospital he will be arrested and an update to this release provided.

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