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I-95 southbound closed in Brevard County after abduction, pursuit

6:08 AM, Oct 29, 2013   |    comments
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BREVARD COUNTY, Fla. –A police chase, which began with an abduction, ended with a driver taking his life along Interstate 95.

It happened just after 3:30 a.m. on Tuesday.

Authorities said the incident began Monday night in Lakeland when a 26-year-old woman was reported missing from her job at the Lakeland Square Mall.

It was believed the woman was taken by her 28-year-old ex-boyfriend.

A statewide BOLO was issued for a white Nissan Altima. The car was then spotted in Volusia County, but the driver would not stop or pull over.

The driver then got on I-95 southbound and the Brevard County Sheriff's Office attempted to stop the vehicle using stop sticks.

During the chase, the driver of that vehicle opened fire on pursuing law enforcement units, according to a news release. No reports of injuries to officers have been reported.

According to Brevard County Sheriff's Office Lt. Mike Scully, the vehicle did not crash, but stopped because there were no tires left on it.

"The vehicle stopped and a female passenger jumped out from the vehicle and told the officers she was being held against her will," said Scully.

Investigators said after the passenger, identified as Elizabeth Hamilton, was taken in to safety, the driver appeared to have taken his own life. Hamilton was not injured.

Authorities have not positively identified the driver.

The scene is about a mile south of the southbound rest area on I-95 in Brevard County. The roadway is closed southbound between Stuckway Road and State Road 46.

Traffic is being diverted off the interstate at County Road 5A and drivers can us U.S. 1 as an alternate.

The Florida Highway Patrol and Brevard County Sheriff's Office are working to reopen the roadway as quickly as possible.

The investigation is ongoing.


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