Valdosta Daily Times

June 22, 2013

Charges filed in high-speed chase

Kristin Finney
The Valdosta Daily Times

VALDOSTA — Two arrests have been made and one arrest is pending following the high-speed chase and wreck on Old U.S. Highway 41 N. on Thursday.

Two of the three occupants in the vehicle have identified —Steven Toussaint, 23, of Pompano Beach, Fla. and Noel Patrick, 26, of Wilton Manor, Fla. Both men are facing multiple charges including financial transaction card theft, according to reports. The third person present in the vehicle, who has an outstanding warrant and is wanted by Florida authorities, has not yet been arrested as he is currently hospitalized for his injuries.  After he is released from the hospital, the Lowndes County Sheriff’s Office said he will be arrested.

On Friday, the LCSO released additional details on the chase, which began on Interstate 75. The report states that on Thursday afternoon, a deputy observed a Toyota Camry traveling north on I-75 with window tint that was darker than the allowed limits. After performing the traffic stop near the 15 mile marker, when the deputy approached the vehicle, the vehicle sped away beginning a high speed chase.

The chase, at speeds of up to 115 miles per hour, led law enforcement north to Exit 22, where the fleeing vehicle exited the interstate. After proceeding towards Valdosta and making a few turns, the vehicle turned onto Old U.S. Highway 41 North. While on U.S. 41, the trio struck another vehicle head-on causing their vehicle to leave the roadway and flip several times, according to reports.

All three of the occupants of the vehicle were not wearing seat belts and were injured in the crash. All three were transported to South Georgia Medical Center, with two released a short time later into the custody of officers. The driver of the other vehicle and his passenger was not seriously injured, though his truck did sustain extensive damage.

Following their release from the hospital, Toussaint and Patrick were arrested and transported to the Lowndes County Jail. Toussaint currently faces charges of fleeing and attempting to elude, financial transaction card theft, driving with a suspended license, driving under the influence, weaving over the roadway and failure to wear a seatbelt. Patrick's current charges are financial transaction card theft and failure to wear a seatbelt.

Additional charges may be brought against the trio as the investigation continues.