Wakulla Vehicle Pursuit Ends in Serious Injury

By: WCSO Release
By: WCSO Release

Crawfordville, Florida --

A 42-year-old Crawfordville man was seriously injured following an
extended vehicle pursuit Tuesday, Nov. 9 at 8:25 p.m., according to
Sheriff David Harvey.

Jon Walter Loehr is facing numerous felony charges including aggravated
assault on a police officer and fleeing and attempting to elude a law
enforcement officer. He was hospitalized after the pursuit ended and
warrants are pending.

Earlier in the day, Wakulla Sheriff's Office Deputy Ryan Muse attempted
to conduct a traffic stop with Loehr over an improper tag. Loehr fled
into Leon County where he was involved in a vehicle pursuit, a traffic
crash and a foot pursuit. LCSO officials took Loehr to Tallahassee
Memorial Hospital for treatment, but hospital officials later reported
that Loehr escaped from the facility.

Later that evening, WCSO Investigators received information that Loehr
might be back in Wakulla County and went to the residence in which he
lived. They did not find anyone at the home but spotted a Honda Civic in
the driveway.

Within minutes the same vehicle was observed southbound on Spring Creek
Highway. Deputies attempted to initiate a traffic stop, but the vehicle
accelerated toward the Shell Point area.

The suspect vehicle eventually turned onto Kornegay Way in the Oyster
Bay community. Deputies lost sight of the suspect vehicle as Loehr
turned off his lights. Moments later, Sgt. Ronald Mitchell radioed that
the suspect attempted to strike his K-9 vehicle. Following a vehicular
assault on deputies, gunshots were fired by deputies and the pursuit
continued back on Shell Point Road, across the intersection of U.S.
Highway 98 to Shadeville Road. The suspect periodically attempted to
turn into oncoming traffic and force vehicles off the road.

Deputies blocked off U.S. Highway 98 to keep traffic from being struck
by Loehr as he crossed it. Deputies also attempted to warn motorists of
the pursuit with headlights and emergency lights as they spotted them
along the pursuit route.

The pursuit turned east on Highway 267 and northbound on Highway 61.
After approximately two miles of pursuit on Highway 61, Captain Bill
Poole used a pit maneuver to strike the suspect vehicle and get it off
the road to further protect oncoming motorists. Loehr lost control of
the vehicle, went onto the grass shoulder and flipped over on the
vehicle's roof.

Loehr suffered injuries in the crash and was freed from the vehicle by
fire department and EMS officials. Loehr was extracted from the vehicle
and taken back to Tallahassee Memorial Hospital. The Florida Department
of Law Enforcement (FDLE), additional members of the WCSO Traffic Unit
and members of the Criminal Investigations Division (CID) responded. The
investigation has been turned over to FDLE and CID officials. None of
the law enforcement officials were injured.

Deputy Will Hudson, Sgt. Ronald Mitchell, Lt. C.L. Morrison, Deputy
Clint Beam, Deputy Ryan Muse, Captain Bill Poole, Lt. Dale Evans and
Deputy Josh Langston were involved in the original investigation.

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  • by walter Location: wakulla on Dec 10, 2010 at 02:35 PM
    Spicy amazing no charges being filed call the kkk
  • by Spicy Location: St Marks on Nov 19, 2010 at 07:48 AM
    Walter, you ever hear of consequences to unlawful actions? The only state you support is anarchy. Clearly you are not very intelligent.
  • by walter Location: wakulla on Nov 18, 2010 at 12:15 PM
    Spicy get your head out of your a Ever hear of civil rights People like you scare me,you belong in a police state
  • by Spicy Location: St Marks on Nov 18, 2010 at 05:40 AM
    To Walter, I hope it does for you as well. Wakulla doesn't need people who support criminals like you!
  • by walter Location: wakulla on Nov 17, 2010 at 10:27 AM
    spicy may it come full circle for you
  • by Spicy Location: St Marks on Nov 16, 2010 at 04:55 PM
    I'm glad he got hurt. Don't run from the law, it's that simple. Make bad choices then you deal with the consequences!
  • by walter Location: wakulla on Nov 16, 2010 at 01:25 PM
    sheriff stated lic plate was switched,not true plate was correct for vehicle. high speed chase for an illegal traffic stop. vehicle struck by sheriff vehicle forceing it to flip over. driver now paralized severed spinal cord. In hospital on resperator,just had surgery. Is sheriff dept paying bill at hospital? Now an attorney has picked up the case. How much money do you think it will cost the taxpayers by the time this is all over. Also health care for the next 30 years or more. Millions i am sure
  • by alan Location: cedar ket on Nov 13, 2010 at 12:58 PM
    How does a person baker acted escape from hospital is not an officer surposed to be present at all times. Was the vehicle tag switched or was it correct? If correct why was the vehicle correct. If he did not escape from hospital because of poor security he would not be paralized now. This is part of the whole story with a lot more questions to be asked.
  • by ex-wakulla resident on Nov 12, 2010 at 01:33 PM
    I am so sick of the good ol' boy network in Wakulla! I feel the same way "oh, now I got it now", and "way to go". I suggest getting out of Wakulla County while you still have a chance.
  • by James Location: Crawfordville on Nov 12, 2010 at 09:57 AM
    People need to wake up and ask for the whole story first. Not only is this man a career criminal (personally known to me) but he was on 3years of Drug Offender Probation to avoid another 15 year sentence. He went hog wild on crack for the entire two months he got out of mandatory rehab and did all of this because his boyfriend told him no more money for crack that night. In fact, this same boyfriend has been supplying the money to keep up his crack habit for those two months and is 100% complicit in all of this as well as knowing that he didn't have a license. The police did everyone a favor trying to get him off the road, as he was high, drunk, and overdosing on pills at the time.
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