Helicopter follows suspect on wild chase through Brevard

Suspect hit at least two vehicles during chase

WEST MELBOURNE, Fla. - West Melbourne police arrested a man who led officers from three police agencies on a chase Tuesday afternoon, but say the man is not connected to a string of burglaries in south Brevard as they had suspected.

Local 6 News partner Florida Today reports just after noon, West Melbourne and Palm Bay police were patrolling on Emerson Drive in Palm Bay when they spotted a vehicle similar in description to one seen recently and possibly connected to burglaries in the area.

Officers followed the vehicle up Interstate 95 and exited at Eau Gallie Boulevard. West Melbourne police spokesman Lt. Rich Cordeau said a West Melbourne officer tried to stop the car near John Rodes Boulevard, but the car did not yield.

The Brevard County Sheriff's helicopter was overhead and followed the suspect car to Wickham Road and south, down to Emerson Road. Initial reports were that the suspect car was speeding about 60 mph down Wickham and Minton roads.

Cordeau said the suspect car hit at least two civilian vehicles, almost hit an unmarked Palm Bay police car and rammed into a stop sign during the chase. No injuries were reported.

The suspect made it all the way to Emerson Drive and Glendale Avenue, where he bailed out of his car and fled through a canal to a home on Dallam Avenue NW. Police caught up with him there.

Cordeau said Linwood Kyle Juarez, 27, of Palm Bay, was arrested on charges of fleeing and eluding and a violation of probation. They did not find evidence to connect Juarez to the burglaries.

On Monday police chiefs from several agencies held a press conference announcing a crackdown on a trend in burglaries: at least 40 crimes committed in the same manner. The suspects in those crimes are still on the lam.

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