Crime & Courts
Three charged after cross-county chase in stolen car, deputies say
The Polk County Sheriff's Office was involved in a cross-county chase that began in Osceola, went through Polk County and ended in Orange County. The sheriff's office received a call from the Orange County Sheriff's Office just after 4 p.m. Thursday, requesting assistance with a pursuit heading westbound on Interstate 4 coming into Polk County. The car, a blue Ford 500 sedan, had been reported stolen Sept. 14 by Megdyl Automotive LLC, which had rented it to Daniel Fuller, 24, of Altamonte Springs, the Seminole County Sheriff’s Office said. Fuller, who had rented the car Aug. 22, was arrested Oct. 5, but the car was not recovered.When an Orange County deputy spotted the Ford on Thursday, he followed it to a home, where he saw two men were in the vehicle, a black driver and a white man in the back seat. He told the driver to get onto the ground, but instead the driver took off. Ground and helicopter units followed the vehicle, and at one point saw the car stop at a gas station and the white man and the driver change places. According to Polk County deputies: The car got off I-4 onto County Road 557 in Polk County, and then got on Memorial Boulevard, Combee Road, U.S. 92, Maine Avenue, and K-Ville Avenue, through Lakeland and Auburndale. When the car entered Sun Acres subdivision in Auburndale, two passengers got out and ran into the woods. Polk County deputies caught up with them and arrested David Junior Lopez, 30, of Orlando, and Jennifer J. Rivera, 18, of Orlando. Both were charged with grant theft and resisting arrest and face additional charges in Orange County. The fleeing vehicle then got back onto I-4 and fled eastbound back into Orange County, deputies said. The chase ended when driver Alan Dewayne White, 42, of Sanford, ran into a hotel at I-4 and John Young Parkway, where he was found hiding in a hotel room, Orange County deputies said. White was charged with aggravated fleeting to elude and aggravated assault with a motor vehicle on law enforcement. During the chase, White tried to hit two marked patrol units, but no one was injured.