• Police: Daytona man attempted two carjackings while fleeing police


    SOUTH DAYTONA, Fla. - A man was arrested after attempting to carjack two vehicles while fleeing police Saturday, according to South Daytona Beach police.

    Police said Jermaury Jones, 28, of Daytona Beach had two passengers in his car when he began fleeing Port Orange police.

    According to police, Jones drove into the city limits of South Daytona where a police officer spotted his car and began following.

    When Jones' car became stopped in traffic, the officer stepped from his vehicle and pointed his revolver at Jones, police said.

    Police said Jones then backed his vehicle up and began maneuvering around the officer's car, which forced the officer to take cover. According to police, Jones then rammed his car into another vehicle and drove away at a high rate of speed.

    The officer followed Jones' car to a mobile home park. When Jones attempted to turn into the mobile home park a front tire came off of his car, according to police reports.

    Jones and his passengers then jumped from the car and ran. One of the passengers, Troy Ledbetter, 29, also of Daytona Beach, was taken into custody shortly after leaving the car, police said.

    Police said Jones then ran to a 7-Eleven store where a police officer tried to arrest him.

    According to police, Jones attempted to take the car of a woman who was putting gas into the vehicle. The car had two young children inside. Police said the woman was holding the keys so Jones jumped out the car and attempted to take another car.

    Police said the officer was able to keep Jones out of the car and take him into custody.

    Jones was taken to the Volusia County Jail and is charged with two counts of attempted carjacking, fleeing and attempted eluding a law enforcement officer and possession of crack cocaine, according to police reports.

    Ledbetter was charged with resisting an officer without violence, possession of marijuana under 20 grams and use or possession of narcotic paraphernalia, according to police reports.

    Police did not release information on the third person who fled the crashed car.

    According to police, no one was injured during the incident.

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