A 23-year-old Trinity man attempting to flee law enforcement officers in the evening hours of Friday, Sept. 10, triggered a multiple-vehicle collision at County Roads 486 and 491, according to a Citrus County Sheriff’s Office spokeswoman.
The driver of the vehicle, Jermane Cross, was air transported to a hospital for treatment of his injuries.
Inside his vehicle, deputies found a trafficking amount of meth, two firearms and cannabis wax. Charges are pending at this time, said Brittney Carman, CCSO spokeswoman.
According to Carman, events began to unfold shorty before 8 p.m., when a CCSO deputy attempted a traffic stop on the vehicle Cross was driving near C.R. 491 and North Modelwood Drive. The vehicle failed to stop and accelerated at a high rate of speed — approximately 100 mph — leading authorities to disengaged the pursuit.
Around 8:10 p.m., dispatchers received multiple calls in reference to a multiple vehicle accident at the intersection of C.R. 486 and 491 involving the eluding vehicle from earlier, Carman said.
Deputies arrived on scene to find the suspect driving the car attempting to flee. Unfortunately for the suspect, Carman said, due to the injuries he sustained during the crash, he did not get far and was apprehended.
FHP is lead on the traffic accident investigation.