SANTA ROSA BEACH — A DeFuniak Springs man is facing multiple charges following a high-speed chase after which deputies found burglary-related items in his vehicle.
Just before 4 a.m. Tuesday morning, a Walton County Sheriff’s deputy spotted a suspicious vehicle in the Seagrove neighborhood. According to an arrest report, the white Chevrolet Malibu had foil obscuring the license plate and when the driver noticed the officer, he immediately pulled forward and sped away.
The sheriff’s deputy was able to follow the vehicle from San Juan Avenue, onto County Highway 30A then onto South County Highway 395 before the vehicle drove into a ditch along East Point Washington Road. The vehicle reached 80 mph and ran a red light during the chase, according to the report.
The driver, Charles Lester Johnson Jr., 34, said he was “just riding the roads,” and that he had “just found” a TV in the area the officer first spotted him.
The deputy then searched Johnson’s car to find bolt cutters, gloves, a large mask, a camouflage jacket, a backpack, a large flat-screen TV and a cut lock.
Johnson gave inconsistent stories as to where the TV came from and was arrested for possession of burglary tools, loitering and prowling and reckless driving.