Man stole FedEx truck as employee delivered package, police say

Eddie Johnson, 41, taken into custody after truck crashed into pole

Eddie Johnson (Image: Daytona Beach Police Department) (Copyright 2021 by WKMG ClickOrlando - All rights reserved.)

VOLUSIA COUNTY, Fla. – A man is in custody after a FedEx truck was stolen in northeast Volusia County on Wednesday, according to the Daytona Beach Police Department.

Police said around 4:55 p.m. Wednesday, dispatchers received a call about the truck being stolen on the 600 block of Tomoka Road.

The driver was delivering a package outside of the vehicle when the suspect, identified as 41-year-old Eddie Johnson, got in the FedEx and drove away, according to police.

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Officers said investigators tracked the vehicle down in the beachside area and attempted to pull over the FedEx truck. According to an affidavit, Johnson ran a red light in an attempt to flee officers and lost control, hitting a pole with the vehicle.

Investigators said they took him into custody after the crash. Police said they found two glass pipes in his pockets, which were tested and revealed a presumptive positive reaction to cocaine.

Johnson was taken to Halifax Hospital to be treated for minor injuries, according to investigators.

Johnson faces grand theft, fleeing and eluding law enforcement, and no valid driver’s license charges.