Driver crashes into shed after purse snatching, chase, officials say

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DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. – A man snatched a purse from an 85-year-old woman, led police on a chase through Volusia County then crashed into a shed, according to the Daytona Beach Police Department.

The victim was walking along North Atlantic Avenue taking photographs when Tyler Porta, 25, approached her. Police said Porta tried to grab the 85-year-old woman's purse as she was trying to get out of the way. The woman screamed for help.

"Give me your stuff or else you're going to get hurt," Porta told the victim, according to the incident report.

The victim, in fear of her life, handed over her purse and cellphone.

Police said Chelsey Teats, 24, was in the driver's seat of a yellow car waiting for Porta to get in the vehicle. Teats drove Porta away, but at some point the pair switched seats, according to the report.

A Daytona Beach Police Department officer said he spotted Porta speeding northbound on Jimmy Ann Drive and initiated a pursuit. Porta drove onto the sidewalk on LPGA Boulevard so he could pass other vehicles in traffic, the report said.

The chase continued down several streets and dirt roads with Porta driving straight at the officer at one point, forcing the officer to swerve, officials said.

Just as commanding officials ordered officers to back down from the pursuit, Porta lost control of his vehicle on North Nova Road and crashed into a shed, police said.

Porta ran out of the car, but was quickly taken into custody, according to the report.

The car was so damaged that police had to remove Teats from the passenger side window. She immediately told officers "I told him to stop, I told him to stop," the report said.

Police said they found the victim's purse and cellphone, along with another cellphone, in the vehicle.

Porta is charged with fleeing and eluding, robbery by sudden snatching, fugitive from justice, operating a vehicle with a suspended license and resisting an officer without violence.

Teats is charged with principal to robbery by sudden snatching.


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