ST. LUCIE COUNTY — Two Miami men were arrested in Fort Pierce late Thursday after fleeing law enforcement officials at speeds of about 100 mph in a car stolen earlier in Port St. Lucie, according to records released Friday.
Danby Charles, 19, and 21-year-old Dimmoriah Woodard Levy were apprehended in downtown Fort Pierce after bailing out of a Nissan Maxima reported stolen at a Denny's restaurant on U.S. 1 in Port St. Lucie.
About 11 p.m. Thursday, dispatchers reported the vehicle last was seen traveling north on U.S. 1. A St. Lucie County sheriff's deputy began following a vehicle determined to be the stolen Nissan in the area of South U.S. 1 and Farmers Market Road.
The deputy tried to stop the vehicle at South U.S. 1 and Emil Avenue, but the driver fled, eventually traveling at speeds of about 100 mph.
The Nissan avoided special tire deflation devices deputies put out in the area of North S.R. A1A and U.S. 1 north of downtown Fort Pierce. The Nissan entered a shopping plaza, before traveling south on U.S. 1. The vehicle drove over tire deflation devices and stopped at Avenue A and North Second Street.
The men fled, but were apprehended after a sheriff's helicopter, several deputies and a Fort Pierce police K-9 officer came to the scene.
Charles was identified as the driver, Levy the passenger. Both are on probation. They said they were in the vehicle, but declined to say anything further.
At the St. Lucie County Jail, officials reporting finding a small amount of marijuana in Levy's pants pocket.
Charles was arrested on charges including motor vehicle theft, fleeing and eluding, resisting arrest without violence, and violation of probation.
Levy was arrested on charges including resisting arrest without violence, violation of probation, possession of less than 20 grams of marijuana, and introduction of contraband into a correctional facility.