North Palm Beach Police Chief Richard Jenkins says suspects drove 115 mph, fired shots

NORTH PALM BEACH, Fla. - Two suspects are in custody after North Palm Beach police say they led the chief of the department on a high speed chase Monday.

North Palm Beach Police Chief Richard Jenkins was in his unmarked car when he heard over the police radio that burglars had broken into a house in the 400 block of Prosperity Farms Rd.

Jenkins said he then saw a suspicious silver Lincoln Navigator with two men inside.

North Palm Beach police say the vehicle was thought to have been used in other burglaries in their community.

Jenkins began following the car north on Ellison Wilson Road and the driver began to speed up.

North Palm Beach police say the chief put on his lights and sirens on his car, and the Lincoln Navigators headed to US 1 and turned southbound.

Police said one of the suspects, Chris Wheeler, leaned out of the window and fired three shots at Jenkins.

During the pursuit, police said that Wheeler fired three more shots at the chief's car.  Jenkins said that Wheeler fired at him for a third time as they drive along US 1.

Officers said  that speeds during the pursuit reached 115 mph near the Parker Bridge on US 1.

The car finally came to a stop at Evergreen Drive and 3rd Street in Lake Park and the suspects, Wheeler and Anthony Ledbetter, jumped  out of the vehicle and fled.

Both were eventually caught following a search by North Palm Beach police, Riviera Beach police and the Palm Beach County Sheriff's Office.

Wheeler and Ledbetter are now charged with attempted murder of a law enforcement officer, discharge of a firearm from a vehicle fleeing and eluding a police vehicle and resisting an officer with violence.

The men are being held in the Palm Beach County Jail.

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