Tallahassee Fugitive Captured, More than 130 Warrants Expected

Evelyn Karrey Hart
Posted at 5:00 PM, Aug 12, 2015
and last updated 2015-08-12 13:23:06-04

CRAWFORDVILLE, Fla. (WTXL)- A fugitive accused of almost hitting a detective with her vehicle, then crashing into tree in Wakulla County before being captured is behind bars, but the investigation isn't over yet. Deputies say once it's all wrapped up, 49-year-old Evelyn Karrey Hart will have more than 130 warrants from all arresting agencies.

Investigators with the Tallahassee Police Department told the Wakulla County Sheriff's Office several days ago that she might be in Wakulla County.

She was wanted for the theft of checks and the forging checks collected during burglaries.

On Tuesday morning at 11:10, Detective Richard Moon and Detective Clint Beam saw the vehicle she was driving on U.S. Highway 98 in Medart. When Detective Moon approached Hart, she jumped back inside the vehicle and drove away nearly striking him.

Detective Beam joined the chase, heading east on the highway to Jack Crum Road where Hart increased her speed to more than 100 miles per hour.

Due to the excessive speed, detectives broke off the chase as Hart continued on. Detectives searched the area and found that she crashed her vehicle in the area of Robinson Hill Road and ran away.

Law enforcement response teams set up a perimeter and the Wakulla Correctional Institution K-9 Unit began tracking the suspect.

Deputy Billy Metcalf saw Hart trying to cross Jack Crum Road toward the St. Marks National Wildlife Refuge. After a short chase, Hart was taken into a custody around 12:30 p.m.

Hart faces charges of aggravated assault on a law enforcement officer, fleeing and eluding, resisting arrest without violence, possession of cocaine, possession of drug paraphernalia, burglary, grand theft and an out of county warrant in the Medart incident. While she was being arrest, deputies found Hart was in possession of a pouch that contained crack cocaine and drug paraphernalia.

According to Wakulla County Sheriff Charlie Creel, she was wanted for more than 36 felony fraud warrants in Leon County and 60 to 70 additional felony charges from agencies in Tallahassee, Franklin County, Gadsden County, Wakulla County and Thomas County, Georgia.

Wakulla County Sheriff's Office deputies made the arrest while working in cooperation with the Florida Highway Patrol, Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission and Wakulla Correctional Institution (WCI) K-9 Unit.