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High Speed Chase Come To a Halt In Panama City

Panama City- A high speed chase that began in Panama City Beach early this morning, was finally brought to a halt in Panama City.

It began around 7:45 this morning when a neighbor called authorities to report a male and female were in a physical fight at an apartment complex on Front Beach Road.

According to the female victim, Maurice Youngblood, forced his way into her apartment, stole her cell phone and took it into his car.

She followed Youngblood into the car to get the phone and he refused to let her out.

When a Bay County Sheriff's deputy arrived, he tried to conduct a traffic stop at which point Youngblood took off with the girl inside.

He led deputies on a high speed chase heading east over the Hathaway Bridge.

Deputies say he was driving with a flat tire, knocking over cones and the van was spraying oil and transmission fluid, making it hard for officer's to see.

Meanwhile, deputies say the female in the car climbed to the back window and was screaming for help. Fortunately nobody was hurt and the chase ended on 19th Street and Frankford Avenue when the deputy used his car to block Youngblood's.

Youngblood took off on foot but another deputy quickly caught him.

Youngblood is being charged with false imprisonment, burglary, battery and fleeing and eluding law enforcement officers.


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