Marianna Man and Woman Lead Deputies on Pursuit

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Posted at 10:03 PM, Oct 22, 2015
and last updated 2015-10-22 22:03:00-04

JACKSON COUNTY, FL (WTXL) - Two people are behind bars, after they led Jackson County deputies on a pursuit Thursday afternoon.

According to deputies, around 1:15 P.M., an investigator saw a car, he said, was behaving suspiciously. Deputies say the car was observed going through two locations known as high drug traffic areas.

The investigator saw the driver did not have his seat belt on and turned around to observe the vehicle more closely.

That's when, according to the police report, the driver became alarmed, causing him to run a stop sign. When the officer tried to stop the car, the driver started traveling faster. Officers say the driver was fled east on Pearl Street, going 75 MPH in a 25 mph zone.

After passing by Wynn Street, the sheriff's office says the car almost hit another vehicle head-on. The driver then stopped near McPherson Street.

The passenger, Gabrelia Nicole Wilkes, 21, remained in the car as the driver ran away. She was arrested on an outstanding warrant for failure to appear for battery. She was also charged with resisting an officer without violence.

Deputies say the driver was her boyfriend, 27-year-old Anthony Aaron Sawyer. Deputies located him two blocks away. He's charged with aggravated fleeing or eluding, reckless driving, and driving with a suspended license.