Madison Deputies Catch Suspect After Running Out of Gas

Terrence Wester
Posted at 4:51 PM, Mar 09, 2015
and last updated 2015-03-09 13:07:47-04

MADISON CO., Fla. (WTXL) - Madison County Sheriff's Office deputies say a Tallahassee man leads them on a high speed chase through two counties before running out of gas and getting caught.

It began at approximately 9:38 a.m. on March 6, 2015 when deputies tried to stop a 2013 Volkswagen utility vehicle on Interstate 10 near mile marker 260 for several traffic violations.

Instead of pulling over, deputies say the driver sped up and got off I-10 at State Road 53, ran the stop sign, and began going more than 115 mph.

Deputies say the driver, later identified as 37-year old Terrence Eugene Wester of Tallahassee, crossed into Lafayette County, speeding through several other stop signs and intersections.

According to deputies, Wester briefly lost control of the vehicle on a curve, hitting several trees, but regained control and continued the pursuit. They say after crossing US 27 onto CR 536, the vehicle ran out of gas and coasted to a stop.

Despite a brief struggle, deputies say they were able to take Wester into custody. They say they also found a small amount of marijuana in the vehicle along with a backpack with a large amount of money. They say Wester admitted to throwing a larger amount of marijuana out of the vehicle during the chase.

Wester was taken back to Madison County and placed into the Madison County Jail on several charges including fleeing and eluding, destruction of evidence, possession of marijuana less than 20 grams, resisting arrest and possession of drug paraphernalia.