SEMINOLE COUNTY, Fla. - Two accused carjackers were arrested Friday after authorities said they took officers on a two-county ride that ended in a field with goats.
Officers said the carjacking victim was coming home from work and parking his car on Lakeway Drive when he was approached by two people, one of them armed with a gun.
Officers said the men, Sterling Anthony, 21, and James Earl Shuford, 22, demanded the man’s keys and then drove off.
Orange County deputies said they tried to pull the stolen Camaro over on Interstate 4 near Lakeway Drive.
However, they said the men kept driving into Seminole County, exited off Rhinehart Road and then crashed the car into a Lake Mary field that was full of goats.
“We were notified about 6:30 this morning that the suspects wanted in the Orange County robbery were traveling at a high rate of speed on I-4,” said Kim Cannaday of the Seminole County Sheriff's Office.
One of the men denied his involvement as he was carried out on a stretcher.
WFTV reporter Steve Barrett asked one of the suspected carjackers if they stole the vehicle.
“Nah, dog, I ain’t steal it,” the man said.
“You didn't crash it through here and carjack that person?” Barrett asked.
“No man, I was just riding, that's it,” he replied.
The men had driven the car through several fences before abandoning the stolen car and attempting to flee on foot, officers said.
“The one was almost immediately apprehended near a retention pond. The second was apprehended at an apartment complex a short distance away from the crash scene, when a citizen notified us that they spotted him,” said Cannaday.
No goats were injured.