2 Jacksonville Residents Arrested for Grand Theft, Fleeing Officers

By: Press Release
By: Press Release

On November 22, 2011 at 8:09pm the Bonifay Police Department received a report of a 2008 Ford Mustang that was stolen from the parking lot of a local convenience store. An officer spotted a car meeting the description within seconds of the call being dispatched. The officer proceeded to turn around and obtain a license plate number on the vehicle. It was then that the driver took evasive action, passed a car stopped for a red light and turned east on US Hwy. 90 towards Chipley. The driver then led Bonifay Police on a high speed pursuit in heavy rain. Speeds approached 100 miles per hour on the wet roads and neighboring agencies were contacted for assistance. The pursuit entered Washington County and continued almost to the city limits of Chipley. It was then that the driver pulled over to the side of the road near the Hutchinson Road intersection. The driver and passenger were taken into custody without incident at 8:18pm. The driver was identified as Mellissa Ann McDonald, white female, 22 years-of-age of Jacksonville. McDonald has been charged with grand theft, fleeing or attempting to elude a law enforcement officer, DWLSR and possession of marijuana less than 20 grams. The passenger identified as Jeffrey Lamar Williams, black male, 37 years-of-age of Jacksonville. Williams has been charged with principle to grand theft. Both subjects were transported to the Washington County jail for first appearance and await extradition back to Holmes County. According to statements obtained post Miranda, the couple was attempting to get to Jacksonville from Pensacola and had been dropped off in Bonifay. While outside the convenience store they observed a vehicle with the keys in the ignition and they were just trying to get back home.


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