Volusia sheriff’s office shares bodycam video after millions see deputy’s chase on TikTok

Cleveland Rahymes Jr., 42, arrested on multiple warrants, deputies say

The Volusia Sheriff’s Office on Tuesday responded to a viral video showing one of its deputies engaged in a brief foot chase with a man in Deltona.

DELTONA, Fla. – The Volusia Sheriff’s Office on Tuesday responded to a viral video showing one of its deputies engaged in a brief foot chase with a man in Deltona.

On TikTok, the video has over 4 million views and more than 563,000 likes at the time of this report. The sheriff’s office on Twitter posted an edited video combining the 15-second clip with body-worn camera footage recorded from the perspective of the deputy in pursuit.

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See the video in the embedded Tweet below.

The video shows Deputy Caleb Jones running after a man, who investigators identified as 42-year-old Cleveland Rahymes Jr., through a Deltona neighborhood on Courtland Boulevard near Cabot Court.

Investigators said Rahymes ran away from Jones after the deputy pulled him over for not wearing his seatbelt.

“That’s just something I do. I try to be proactive and seatbelts are a big thing, a big safety hazard,” Jones said.

After Rahymes was pulled over, Jones said he ran for “a half of a quarter of a mile.”

Less than a minute later, deputies said Rahymes slowed up and surrendered. Jones said at that point he tried to place Rahymes in handcuffs because he wasn’t following his commands and that’s when video shows Rahymes running away.

“Listen to what officers tell you... to do. If it’s a mix up, it can get straightened out, as long as you just comply,” he said.

Rahymes was arrested and faces charges of methamphetamine and cocaine trafficking, as well as fleeing or attempting to elude law enforcement. Deputies said Rahymes also faces charges of resisting an officer without violence and driving with a suspended or revoked license, stemming from the recorded altercation.

News 6 stopped by a listed address for Rahymes to see if his family or anyone he knew had anything to say about his arrest and no one answered.


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