Lakeland man in car stolen during February armed carjacking flees from deputies; apprehended in Lakeland
Polk County Sheriff’s Office deputies charged 19-year-old Kevvon R. Oneal of Lakeland with Aggravated Fleeing to Elude, Grand Theft (Vehicle), and No Valid Driver’s License after he fled from deputies in a stolen car.
At approximately 10:50 pm, on Monday, March 14, 2016, a PCSO deputy was patrolling the area of Highway 98 and County Road 540A in Lakeland. The deputy was stopped at a red light behind a 2005, red, four-door Toyota Corolla. The PCSO deputy requested the tag number be checked for the vehicle and discovered the car was a vehicle stolen during an armed carjacking being investigated by the Lakeland Police Department (occurred February 27, 2016).
The PCSO deputy followed the vehicle north on Highway 98 until additional back up patrol units responded to assist when a traffic stop was made. During this time, the Corolla traveled at or below the posted speed limit and obeyed all traffic laws. Upon the arrival of the PCSO helicopter and K-9 support, the deputy initiated a traffic stop near the intersection of Lake Hollingsworth Drive and Ingraham Avenue South in Lakeland at approximately 11:05 p.m. The driver of the stolen vehicle, Oneal, did not stop and the deputy began to pursue the stolen vehicle using lights and sirens.
The vehicle fled on Hollingsworth to Belmar to Florida Avenue north to George Jenkins Boulevard (west). As Oneal drove west on George Jenkins Boulevard the Corolla began driving in the east bound lane and lost control, left the roadway and crashed into a fenced property on Southern Mining and Lumber property located at 1508 George Jenkins Boulevard in Lakeland at approximately 11:07 p.m. The car flipped over as it left the roadway.
Oneal was located outside of the vehicle and was taken into custody without incident. A passenger in the stolen Corolla, 17-year-old Efrem Allen of Lakeland, was also in the car during the incident. A fire started in the stolen Corolla -deputies extinguished the fire and removed Allen safely from the vehicle.
Both Oneal and Allen were transported to an area hospital for their injuries. Allen was treated and released. Oneal is in serious but stable condition with non-life threatening injuries. Upon release from the hospital, Oneal will be booked into the Polk County Jail.
Efrem Allen was arrested today and charged with Trespassing in a Conveyance.
Both Oneal and Allen have previous arrest histories in Polk County; Allen is a documented gang member. Their criminal arrest histories appear below:
Kevvon R. Oneal:
06-29-15 Failure to Appear – Winter Haven PD
06-19-15 Petit Theft – Winter Haven PD
06-16-15 Petit Theft, Resisting LEO Without Violence – Winter Haven PD
02-24-15 Possess Cannabis Under Twenty Grams – Lakeland PD
07-10-12 Burglary – Dwelling – Lakeland PD
Efrem Allen (documented gang member):
05-22-15 Possess Cannabis Over Twenty Grams, Drug Paraphernalia – Lakeland PD
10-25-12 Burglary – Dwelling (five counts), Criminal Mischief (two counts), Grand Theft (two counts) – PCSO
05-13-11 Trespass on School Grounds – PCSO