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April 29, 2019

It was close to 5:00 in the evening on Thursday, April 25th, when police within New Smyrna Beach began to receive reports of a suspected shoplifting incident at a Bealls outlet store. Several officers responded to the report, which indicated that the suspect had already fled the store and was driving away from the area. When the officers reached the area, they found that the suspect was no longer at the shopping center, but it took a seemingly short amount of time for an officer with the New Smyrna Beach Police Department to locate the suspect as they were traveling down the 3100 block of State Road 44.

The officer in question attempted to initiate a traffic stop on the suspect on a stretch of State Road 44 that lies just to the west of I-95. It is not clear if the suspect was complying with the traffic stop attempts of the New Smyrna Beach officer or if they were attempting to evade the officer and continue to flee from the scene.

It was as this traffic stop was still in the process of being made that something happened to cause the police officer to lose control of their patrol vehicle. The reports on just what is believed to have taken place are fuzzy on this part of the story, and it is not clear if the office crashed into any other vehicles or if they collided with a guardrail, tree, or something else lying close to the roadway.

What we do know is that the force of the collision caused the officer’s car to become disabled, or at least temporarily unusable. The suspect took this opportunity to speed away from the officer and the traffic stop. It is not clear if the suspected shoplifter is still being sought by the authorities or if they have placed a temporary hold on their attempts to apprehend the individual.

The officer was injured as a result of the incident, but the extent of their injuries was not made clear. We do know that the official report states that the officer is recovering quickly.

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