Suspects of U.S. 27 chase in Leon County identified

The suspects were identified as Steven Carpenter (right) and James Ward (left).
The suspects were identified as Steven Carpenter (right) and James Ward (left).(Leon County Jail)
Published: Nov. 21, 2020 at 5:16 PM EST|Updated: Nov. 23, 2020 at 8:59 AM EST
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TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (WCTV)- Leon County Sheriff’s Office confirms two suspects were arrested in connection to a chase on U.S. 27 over the weekend. The chase started after a theft suspect targeted a deputy with their vehicle, according to LCSO.

The deputy responded to a theft report at a Walmart on North Monroe Street.

The suspects were identified as Steven Carpenter and James Ward. Ward faces charges of larceny and resisting arrest. Meanwhile, Carpenter had the following charges tacked against him:

  • Aggravated battery on an officer
  • Fleeing police with injury or damage
  • Hit and run, leaving scene of crash involving damage
  • Resisting arrest
  • Traffic violation without a valid license

The suspects were booked into the Leon County Jail on Sunday.

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (WCTV) - A deputy responding to a theft report at a Leon County Walmart was targeted by a suspect in a vehicle, sparking a pursuit up U.S. 27 into Gadsden County Saturday afternoon, a Leon County Sheriff’s Office spokesperson confirmed with WCTV.

It wasn’t clear from initial reports if the suspect hit the deputy with his vehicle, or if the deputy was injured. The spokesperson said the suspect was in custody, but not before leading deputies into Gadsden County, wrecking his vehicle, and fleeing on foot.

Florida Highway Patrol assisted LCSO with the pursuit, ultimately aiding in the arrest of the suspect, LCSO said.

There is no threat to the public, the spokesperson confirmed.

This is a developing story. Stay with WCTV for the latest.

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