POLICE BLOTTER: Man arrested after stealing car in Destin, foot chase in Fort Walton

Special to The Log
Daniel Kelly

A burglary suspect in a stolen car led Okaloosa County Sheriff’s deputies on a chase through a Fort Walton Beach neighborhood Thursday morning before an OCSO K9 team tracked him to his hiding place in a garbage can.

The hunt for 36-year-old Daniel Charles Kelly of Niceville actually started Wednesday, Feb. 5, after a Florida Highway Patrol trooper got a call for a reckless driver in Destin.

He located the car, a 2008 black Audi, at the Fresh Market on West Commons Drive. He learned the driver, Kelly, of Niceville, had a warrant with the Okaloosa County Sheriff’s Office for a Jan. 2 burglary.

While deputies were en-route and the trooper was confirming Kelly’s information, Kelly took off, hitting a car in the parking lot. The trooper learned the Audi had been reported stolen from Silver Shells Condominiums in Destin.

Around 7:30 Thursday morning an Okaloosa County Sheriff’s deputy spotted the stolen Audi heading westbound on Okaloosa Island and tried to pull over the driver, identified as Kelly.

But Kelly instead went across the Brooks Bridge and then bailed out of the car on Alder Avenue when it ran out of gas, sparking a foot chase. A search began and OCSO K9 Handler Deputy Tim Patterson and K9 “Dax” also responded.

They eventually tracked Kelly to Chicago Avenue, where they found him trying to hide in a trash can.

Kelly was taken into custody on active warrants for the Jan. 2 burglary at the Alexan Henderson Apartments Fitness Center in Destin and for the car theft at Destin’s Silver Shells Condominiums.

Additional charges are pending.