JACKSONVILLE BEACH, Fla. – A 38-year-old man is facing burglary, drug and fleeing police charges after a high-speed chase that began when a Jacksonville Beach police officer tried to pull him over for not wearing a seat belt.
Shawn Bryan is charged with fleeing law enforcement at a high speed, burglary, operating a vehicle on a revoked license, possession of drug paraphernalia, reckless driving, failing to obey traffic signals and not wearing a seat belt.
Jacksonville Beach police said that about 7 p.m. Wednesday, an officer saw Bryan driving a vehicle without a seat belt on 14th Avenue South. The officer tried to pull Bryan over, but Bryan drove for several blocks at a high rate of speed, driving through four stop signs and a red light, the officer said.
The officer ended the chase because of concern for the safety of others, police said.
Later, officers were told that a vehicle matching Bryan’s drove through the yard of a home on Roberts Drive and crashed into a fence. The driver and other people in the vehicle ran from the vehicle.
Police said Bryan tried to break into the home, but was unsuccessful.
A search of the car turned up a glass pipe, and a field swipe test came back positive for cocaine, police said.
Bryan is being held in jail on $65,000 bond.