• Deputies: Wrong-way driver speeding 100 mph fleeing deputy before deadly head-on crash

    By: Sarah Wilson


    VOLUSIA COUNTY, Fla. - A 21-year-old man was speeding 100 mph in the wrong direction down a Volusia County road before crashing head-on into a van, Volusia County deputies said.

    Troopers said the crash killed the driver, identified as Freddie Pleas, of Deltona, and his passenger, and seriously injured the driver of the van.

    Minutes before the crash, just after 11 p.m. Wednesday, deputies said the man had sped off and fled a traffic stop after they clocked him driving 88 mph in a 45 mph zone. 

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    The deputy said he slowed down and turned off his emergency lights when he saw Pleas speeding off north in the southbound lanes of State Road 415. The deputy said he estimated Pleas was driving the wrong way at 100 mph.

    The deputy said he notified the central communications of the fleeing car, and soon saw a cloud of smoke in the distance near Acorn Lake Road where the car had crashed head-on with the van.

    The Sheriff’s Office said the entire incident was captured on dash and body-camera, which they released Thursday morning.

    Volusia County Sheriff's Office
    Volusia County Sheriff's Office

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    Pleas was pronounced dead at the scene and his passenger, who has not been identified, died at Central Florida Regional Hospital in Sanford. The driver of the van, a 31-year-old from Sanford, was taken to the same hospital with serious injuries.

    The Florida Highway Patrol is investigating the crash.

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