PALATKA, Fla. – A 36-year-old San Mateo man was arrested Saturday morning and charged with leading deputies on a high-speed chase through Palatka.
Maurice McIntosh has been charged with fleeing and attempting to elude an officer and driving as a habitual traffic offender. He was also cited for driving without wearing a seat belt.
McIntosh was first spotted driving on Reid Street in Palatka by Lt. David Ussery. Ussery is familiar with McIntosh and knew he was a habitual traffic offender who was driving with a suspended driver’s license, deputies said.
Ussery notified Deputy Kagen Butts, who quickly found McIntosh and attempted to stop him on Reid Street near Moseley Avenue, but McIntosh fled at a high rate of speed eastbound on Reid Street and over the memorial bridge.
Because of the Saturday morning traffic in downtown Palatka and since the driver had been recognized, Sgt. David Adkisson called off the pursuit.
Deputy Brandee Smith also spotted McIntosh driving through East Palatka at a high rate of speed.
Deputies Smith and Butts then went to McIntosh’s home in San Mateo where they found the blue Chevrolet Impala that had just fled from Butts. McIntosh had already run from the home on foot, but his mother, who was home, called him on his cellphone, and he returned to the house.
McIntosh was taken into custody without further incident and was booked into the Putnam County Jail. He was released after posting $2,008 bond.