Man in jail, after investigators say he led them on high speed chase

Car clocked at 124 miles per hour

MANATEE, COUNTY, Fla. - A 26-year-old man is behind bars, after sheriff's deputies say he led them on a high-speed chase, reaching speeds over 120 miles per hour, then went inside a Bradenton woman's home to hide.

Around midnight Wednesday, Manatee County Sheriff's deputies say Jerry Green, Jr. was speeding on U.S. 301 by Tallevast Road.  That's a 55-mile-per-hour zone.

 

Dave Bristow is the spokesperson for the Manatee County Sheriff's Office.  Bristow said, "We actually clocked the vehicle at 124 miles an hour, which is one of the faster incidents we've ever had on radar."

 

That's when law enforcers told all authorities in the area to be on the lookout for Green's red Volkswagen. They finally found him through the air, six miles away from where the chase started.

 

Bristow said, "Fortunately, we had our helicopter in the air and we were able to track him from the helicopter and he pulled into the residence. Went into the residence."

 

Investigators surrounded the hom, on 32nd Avenue East.  Deputies say the homeowner let them inside and they found Green in a child's bedroom. 

 

Janet Carranza lives next door. She says the crime has her concerned for her kids' safety and she's taking precautions. Carranza said, "We make sure we lock every door and we put our alarm system on so we'll be safe."

 

Safety is the number one priority, according to investigators. They say Green put other drivers and pedestrians at risk. Bristow said, "It's extremely dangerous. It's getting up to speeds what you would see on a race track. But, the time that he was doing this, fortunately, there weren't a whole lot of people on the street."

 

Investigators say authorities in Sarasota also tried to pull Green over earlier that evening. Tonight, he's in the Manatee County jail on no bond. He's facing several charges, including Resisting an Officer Without Violence. 

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