West Melbourne police pursuit leads to takedown

Man arrested after 10-mile police chase


WEST MELBOURNE, Fla. – A two-city, 10-mile police chase through residential neighborhoods early Wednesday morning ended with an arrest outside of a Palm Bay home.

David Vaughn, 27, surrendered to officers smoking a cigarette before being arrested five hours after West Melbourne police say one of their officers tried to pull him over near the intersection of U.S. Route 192 and Dayton Boulevard.

Vaughn didn't stop and almost struck a West Melbourne police cruiser as he quickly drove away, according to police.

After briefly losing Vaughn's green Cadillac, another officer spotted him in a residential area of Melbourne Village.

Police said Vaughn then gunned it up to 60 miles per hour at the officer's car, swerving at the last second.

"I got in front of him. I turned my lights on. He started to turn around me. I got in front of him and continued to come at my car," said the officer in an exchange with another officer after she was almost rammed head-on.

Officers then realized that Vaughn had another person in the car with him -- his girlfriend.

He continued to flee toward the city of Palm Bay, where officers lost him again. They even called the Brevard County Sheriff's Office helicopter in, but to no avail.

After five hours Vaughn was still on the loose.

However, after interviewing the 27-year-old's girlfriend hours after the pursuit ended, they were able to find out where Vaughn was and make the arrest.

"In a situation like this, where somebody is putting the lives of innocent people in danger, it does have the potential to end worse than it did," said Lt. Richard Cordeau with West Melbourne police. "Fortunately, in this situation, nobody was injured, everybody went home and the bad guy went to jail."

Vaughn was booked into the Brevard County Jail where he is being held on a $31,000 bond. He's facing a slew of charges, including aggravated assault on a law enforcement officer.

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