Photo/Story Gallery 2009

Speeding Violation Leads to Arrest of Murder Suspect

Corporal Stalnaker

On February 20, 2009, Corporal Jessie Stalnaker was operating stationary radar on Interstate 75 south of Lake City when he clocked a speeding vehicle in the northbound lanes. Corporal Stalnaker followed the vehicle off the interstate and conducted a traffic stop on U.S. 441. As the vehicle came to a stop the driver exited and fled on foot into a wooded area.

Corporal Stalnaker quickly detained the passenger and questioned him about the identity of the driver. A computer check of the information the passenger gave, confirmed the driver was wanted for Felony Attempted Murder in Polk County and Aggravated Assault with a Weapon in Columbia County. Once a perimeter was set up, a K-9 team quickly tracked down the fugitive and he was apprehended without further incident.