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MCSO AIR 1 PLAYS KEY ROLE IN ENDING DANGEROUS PURSUIT, LEADING K-9 ZORRO RIGHT TO THE SUSPECT From start to finish MCSO Air1 was on top of it, literally. MCSO Pilot Deputy Clint Blankenship and Tactical Flight Officer Deputy Ed Stagmiller helped put an end to 20-year old Richard St. Leger's reckless and dangerous ride in a stolen vehicle. That ride started in Orlando and made its way into Martin County with the suspect driving at dangerous and reckless speeds. Here is what it looked like from the air. Deputies were able to disable the vehicle using stop sticks near the 96 mile marker. The suspect then fled on foot and tried to hide in swampy vegetation. That's when K-9 Zorro sealed the deal.

Posted by Martin County Sheriff's Office on Tuesday, May 3, 2022

The good news? They got him. The Martin County Sheriff’s Office shared the story today of a high-speed chase that cops on the ground ended up bailing on for safety reasons.  But air units were high above helping capture 20 year old Richard St. Leger of Pompano Beach.  Police say Leger was driving a stolen Mercedes SUV and a chase through several Florida counties reached speeds of 178 miles per hour.

Martin County Sheriff’s Office

At one point in the chase, they say Leger turned his headlights off as he drove 150 miles per hour.  The only way they were able to stop him was to use stop sticks and stingers.

Instead of calling it a day when the vehicle was brought to a stop, Leger thought he had a chance to get away on foot. That turned out to be a mistake. A K-9 named Zorro got the job done and Leger was taken into custody. Leger now faces charges of grand theft of a motor vehicle, fleeing with a disregard for safety, and obstruction.

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