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Highlands County Shooting Investigation Leads To Fleeing Suspect Who Rammed Into HCSO Deputies

SEBRING — A high-speed pursuit into Hardee County Tuesday morning ended after Highlands County Sheriff’s Office deputies rammed the vehicle, causing it to crash.

The vehicle, a 2021 Dodge Charger, has been linked to a Monday afternoon shooting that is being investigated by the Sebring Police Department. It was spotted this morning around 9 a.m. and fled from deputies in the area of Sparta Road and State Road 66 in Sebring.

The vehicle, which was being driven by 27-year-old Jaqwan Salvalas Hall of Avon Park, headed west on SR 66 and traveled into Hardee County. In the area of SR 66 and Skipper Road, the vehicle spun out and ended up heading back the way it had come. At that point, the Charger rammed a Highlands County Sheriff’s Office patrol SUV head on. 

The deputy that was hit suffered what appear to be minor injuries and was transported to a Highlands County hospital for treatment. 

The Charger continued to flee from law enforcement. For a time, it headed back east toward Highlands County before turning around and going west again, weaving in and out of traffic. Due to the reckless driving and high speeds of the suspect vehicle creating an unreasonable risk of harm to the other drivers, the decision was made to utilize a PIT maneuver to force the Charger off the road. 

The Charger left the road on the southern shoulder and rolled over, coming to rest on its wheels approximately a mile west of Skipper Road. Hall and the two other people in the car — 24-year-old Giovanni Alexis Quinones, and 25-year-old Jawueeon Trazion-Antoine Culbreth — were taken into custody. Hall and Quinones were taken to the hospital in Hardee County to be treated for their injuries. Hall is facing numerous charges related to the pursuit.

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