Even cops can do stupid, illegal things.
A Polk County, Florida deputy has been arrested after leading his colleagues on a high-speed chase on Highway 89 in the early hours of September 4. The chase allegedly hit speeds of up to 130 mph, which was clocked in a 45 zone.
According to a press release from the Polk County Sheriff’s Office, 22-year-old Jakob Kite used his Subaru Impreza to elude his fellow deputies after they clocked him traveling 105 in a 60 zone. As they gave chase, Kite got off Highway 89 and traveled along several surface streets in the county.
When Pike reached Highway 540A, he hit the concrete median, damaging his front tires. One deputy said he swerved towards his patrol car aggressively, almost hitting it. Deputies kept chasing their colleague as he traveled westbound, trying to PIT him several times before they could successfully execute the maneuver.
It’s possible Kit was able to short circuit or frustrate their PIT attempts, since someone who’s trained in them knows how to disrupt the tactical vehicle maneuver.
The press release mentions that Kite refused to get out of his Subaru at first. Maybe he remembered what he’s done in the past to get people out of their vehicles, because he then did climb out. Deputies claim he appeared intoxicated, which would explain his behavior. After all, if anyone knows that pulling this sort of thing will end in your arrest, a law enforcement officer should.
Breath alcohol level for Kite was measured at .035 G/210L and .034 G/210L. Urine samples were also taken but those results weren’t made available.
Kite resigned as a deputy not too long after his arrest. Perhaps he sobered up and realized what he’d done. Talk about flushing your fledgling career down the toilet in one chaotic night. According to the sheriff’s office, he started as a detention deputy trainee back in February 2020 and was made a deputy sheriff in April 2023.
Now Kite’s facing a string of charges, including Aggravated Assault on a Law Enforcement Officer, Resisting without Violence, Resisting with Violence, Fleeing to Elude, Leaving the Scene of a Crash with Property Damage, Reckless Driving, and DUI.
Images via Polk County Sheriff’s Office