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Suspect crashes into unmarked PCSO SUV while running from deputies with four kids in car

Posted at 3:13 PM, Jan 15, 2019
and last updated 2019-01-15 19:17:42-05

Meth, marijuana and kids were in a car that crashed into an unmarked Polk County Sheriff's Office SUV after the driver tried to take off during a traffic stop. Witnesses are saying it's a miracle everyone is safe.

Late Friday night, Lojuan Jamario La-Tre Sessions, a 21-year-old from Orlando took off during a traffic stop. At first, the Haines City Police officer asked Sessions to roll down his window, but Sessions complained he couldn’t so instead he opened the door. Right away, the officer noticed something that looked like meth inside of a baggy right inside the driver’s door. According to the report, the officer asked Sessions what is was and he responded “Those aren’t my drugs.” The officer put the baggy on top of the vehicle and then asked him to step out of the car but Sessions took off.

For the next three miles, Sessions sped up to about 60-70 miles per hour according to witnesses. Reports say the officers called off the pursuit because of reckless driving and occupants inside. Near Manatee Ave S., deputies were trying to deploy stop sticks but Sessions was going too fast and crashed into an unmarked Polk County Sheriff’s Office SUV.

“It was so loud I had thought maybe they had hit something in the front yard of our restaurant,” Samantha Summerlin said the crash happened right in front her business, The Hotel Team Room & Flower Corner.
For another block, Sessions crashed into multiple other signs, trees and curbs before coming to a stop.

“You can see here on the curb that the car jumped the curb,” Hector Maldonado said he saw Sessions get arrested.

The driver was immediately taken into custody by Haines City Police. Inside the the car, was Tyshael Martin, the mother and front seat passenger who had been holding the infant. They were sent to Arnold Palmer as a precaution. The other three children, an 11-year-old, 5-year-old and a 12-year-old were in the backseat without seat belt on. They were sent to the hospital as well but are reported to be okay.

“We are thankful no one died, honestly especially those little kids,” Maldonado said.

A further search of Session’s vehicle resulted in 28.4 grams of meth, which was individually packaged along with a scale and a small amount of marijuana.

Sessions is currently on probation for aggravated assault with a deadly weapon. He has been charged with Flee to Elude Law Enforcement at High Speeds, Reckless Driving, Knowingly driving without a license, Possession of meth, Possession of meth with intent to sell, Maintaining a vehicle for drug use/sale and Child neglect.