Madison County, Florida - July 16, 2012 -
Madison County Sheriff Ben Stewart reports that on Friday the 13th day of July 2012 at approximately 3:30 AM, Investigators of the Sheriff’s Office Drug Task Force attempted to conduct a traffic stop on a gray BMW on I-10 in Madison County. The gray BMW accelerated its speed and refused to stop when officers engaged blue lights and siren. The BMW exited from I-10 onto SR 53 in a Southerly direction and continued driving at high rates of speed until eventually slowing down to only jump from the vehicle as it continued moving.
Officers immediately gave pursuit and secured an area to which the driver had fled. The Madison County branch of the Florida Department of Corrections K-9 team was requested to assist and upon arrival began to track the assailant. After several hours of successful tracking, an additional Department of Corrections K-9 team from Taylor County was requested to assist and provide fresh canines as the assailant continued to flee and elude officers.
After approximately 8 hours of tracking the assailant through heavy wooded and swamp areas he was captured. The assailant was identified as the following:
Nicholas Whitetto, DOB: 10/21/1979 of Plantation Florida.
Charged: Felony fleeing to elude, Resisting arrest, Driving while license suspended and an Outstanding warrant from Broward County Florida.