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Reckless driver arrested after traveling on Highway 98 in the wrong lanes

Photo: Jesse Jeremiah Ganey Source: Okaloosa County Sheriff's Office

A Baker man faces multiple charges after leading Okaloosa County Sheriff’s Office (OCSO) deputies on an early morning pursuit during which he drove into oncoming traffic on Highway 98 and struck three cars at a pedestrian crossing light.

According to an OCSO arrest report, on Sunday, Oct. 22nd a deputy spotted 21-year old Jesse Jeremiah Ganey driving very slowly with his vehicle's headlights turned off near the Wingate Hotel located at 117 Palm Street around 1:15 a.m.

When the deputy attempted a traffic stop, Ganey refused to pull over and traveled down Highway 98, crossing the median twice to drive westbound in eastbound lanes.

Ganey began to slow down for cars stopped at a pedestrian crossing light at the intersection of Highway 98 and Palmetto Street, but then struck three of them when he tried to squeeze through the other cars and get away. No one was injured.

Ganey then jumped out of his car and fled. He was captured by OCSO deputies after a brief foot pursuit.

Ganey faces charges of fleeing and eluding, reckless driving with property damage, leaving the scene of an accident with property damage, and resisting arrest without violence.

Deputies say Ganey later had to be transported to a local hospital, where medical staff determined he had ingested an unknown substance.

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