Tow truck driver towing car arrested after leading police on chase

Posted at 6:26 PM, Jun 09, 2016
and last updated 2016-06-10 06:37:30-04

The former owner of a Collier County towing service is in hot water after Sheriff's deputies say he stole a car from the new owners and led police on a high-speed chase.

27-year-old Jamison Ford was arrested after police say that he dragged the stolen car from a tow truck while deputies pursued him down numerous streets in East Naples at approximately 1:00 a.m. Tuesday.

Cherrie Cecil, co-owner of Getting Hooked Towing on Terrace Avenue, said that Ford broke the lock on the gate for their lot, and hooked a black Honda to his tow truck. 

Ford used to own Jerry's Towing on the same property, but was foreclosed upon several weeks ago.

A deputy attempted to pull Ford over on Davis Boulevard for not having his headlights on. The sheriff's office report said that Ford sped away, going about 70 mph in a 45 mph zone. Stop sticks were deployed, which he ran over near County Barn Road, but kept going for several miles on shredded tires.

At some point, the Honda came loose and was being dragged on its roof down Santa Barbara Boulevard, St. Andrews Boulevard, and several side streets.

"It's scary and dangerous," Cecil said. "There's a lot of lives that could have been taken by him just driving like a maniac, let alone on a truck like that with a vehicle on it that's not secured."

Deputies finally caught Ford when he came to a stop near the intersection of Carolina Avenue and Martin Street. He faces several charges, including fleeing and eluding police, and disregarding the public's safety.