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High speed chase lands one in jail

A Washington County man led authorities on a high-speed chase that ended with him behind bars.

On Wednesday afternoon, Oct. 4, Washington County Sheriff’s Office and Chipley Police Department attempted a traffic stop near Martin Luther King Drive and Highway 90, in Chipley.

A Washington County man was arrested after eluding law enforcement shortly after 2 PM yesterday afternoon. The driver of the vehicle, later identified as 34-year-old Andrew Fitzgerald Barnes, failed to stop. Barnes continued traveling north through several intersections and stop signs, according to WCSO. 

The pursuit continued onto Highway 77 and into Jackson County with Barnes reaching speeds in excess of 100 miles per hour. Jackson County Sheriff’s Office was notified of the chase entering their county.

Barnes abandoned his vehicle on Vicki Road in Jackson County and fled on foot. Law enforcement established a perimeter and the Jackson County K-9 team was deployed. Shortly thereafter, Barnes was apprehended at a residence in Jackson County where he was taken into custody without further incident.

Barnes was arrested and taken to the Jackson County Jail and where he has been charged with fleeing and eluding law enforcement.


Additional charges are pending in Washington County.

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