Bonifay man arrested after high-speed chase

Lee was arrested and charged with driving with a suspended or revoked license, fleeing or attempting to elude, reckless driving, aggravated battery with a deadly weapon, and resisting arrest with violence. His first appearance is scheduled for Wednesday, February 26. (Source: Bonifay Police Department)
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BONIFAY, Fla. (WJHG) -- A Bonifay man is behind bars after a high-speed chase Tuesday.

Bonifay police say at about 5 p.m. officers responded to an unresponsive driver impeding traffic on Waukesha Street. Contact was made with the driver, Benjamin Lee, 48, who was passed out behind the wheel. Lee complied with officers to pull the vehicle over and exit. However, as the traffic stop continued Lee got back into the driver's seat and sped off in a reckless manner.

A pursuit ensued with the help of a Holmes County Sheriff's deputy. Authorities attempted two rolling roadblocks without success. Lee began driving more aggressively, passing through oncoming traffic and reaching speeds of more than 100 mph in a 35 mph zone.

The chase traveled onto Depot Street then onto Highway 90 where Lee purposefully struck a marked Bonifay Police patrol car. A pit maneuver was then used to end the chase, causing minor damage to a Bonifay Police and Holmes County Sheriff vehicle.

Lee was arrested and charged with driving with a suspended or revoked license, fleeing or attempting to elude, reckless driving, aggravated battery with a deadly weapon, and resisting arrest with violence. His first appearance is scheduled for Wednesday, February 26.

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