News

Actions

Corrections Recruit Arrested After 1 Week On Job

Corrections Recruit Arrested After 1 Week On Job
Posted at 5:48 AM, Feb 07, 2017
and last updated 2017-02-07 01:02:38-05

JACKSONVILLE, Fla. (AP) - A Jacksonville corrections officer who had just started work last week has been arrested and fired after authorities say he led them on a chase.

Citing an arrest report, news outlets say 19-year-old Joshua Vergara refused to stop Saturday afternoon for an officer who was trying to pull him over for speeding.

Undersheriff Pat Ivey says the pursuing officer broke off the chase because of traffic, but was later flagged down by a driver who said he'd been involved in a hit-and-run crash with a car matching the description of Vergara's car.

A short time later, nearby residents alerted authorities that Vergara was hiding in some bushes. Deputies arrested Vergara and charged him with fleeing police, reckless driving and leaving the scene of an accident.

He was fired Monday.

(Copyright 2017 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.)