Deputies Arrest Man with Stolen Motorcycle in Jackson County

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Posted at 9:40 PM, Oct 25, 2016
and last updated 2016-10-25 21:40:00-04

JACKSON COUNTY, Fla. (WTXL) - Jackson County deputies said they have arrested a man driving a stolen motorcycle from Tallahassee after a high speed chase down Highway 90. 

The Jackson County Sheriff's Office said that they received information on Tuesday about a black motorcycle driving recklessly at high speeds. They were told that the motorcycle was last seen on Highway 90, traveling west from the Grandridge area.

Deputies responded to the area and several minutes later, a motorcycle matching the description they were given drove by, heading west on the highway just like they were told. They said the motorcycle was being driven by a white male, later identified as 34-year-old Joshua Taylor.

They said that when a deputy came behind the motorcycle, the Taylor looked at the deputy and made a vulgar hand gesture. After that, they said the man sped away, weaving in and out of traffic dangerously.

The deputy began to chase the motorcyclist and as the chase went on, other deputies in the area joined the pursuit. 

When they crossed over city limits to Marianna, another deputy who happened to be traveling east on Highway 90 moved his car in the motorcyclist's path, attempting to stop him. 

Deputies said the Taylor slowed briefly but before they could arrest him, he drove the motorcycle into the deputy car blocking him and sped off west once again.

The chase didn't continue too much longer however, as deputies said that he wrecked the motorcycle near a Badcock Furniture store. Taylor then tried to run away from deputies on foot but they were able to catch and arrest him.

They said that Taylor suffered minor injuries and was transported to the hospital where he was treated and released to JCSO.

An investigation revealed that two other law enforcement agencies had tried to catch Taylor with the motorcycle, which was stolen from Tallahassee, over the last two days. 

Taylor is currently in the Jackson County Jail awaiting trial for charges of aggravated fleeing, resisting without violence, grand theft, and other traffic citations. They said more charges from the Sneads and Tallahassee police departments are possibly pending.