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Teenager Arrested for Grand Theft Auto After Crashing Stolen Car into Business

A teenager in Okaloosa County, Florida, has been taken into custody and charged with grand theft auto after stealing a car and subsequently crashing it into a Crestview business. The 18-year-old suspect, identified as Mylick Jackson, was one of two individuals apprehended in connection with the incident.

According to the Okaloosa County Sheriff's Office, the stolen vehicle—a 2012 Nissan Altima—was detected by a Flock license plate reader camera at around 2 a.m. on Saturday. It was traveling eastbound on Highway 90 near Crestview. Deputies from the OCSO attempted to stop the car, but the driver chose to flee. Approximately a mile into the pursuit, the driver lost control of the vehicle and crashed into a building located at 302 Main Street.

As a result of the collision, both the car and the building caught fire and began smoking. Law enforcement officers from the OCSO and the Crestview Police Department worked together to enter the smoke-filled building and rescue the two suspects. They were subsequently transported to a nearby hospital for further evaluation and treatment.

While Jackson has already been charged, warrants are currently pending for the arrest of the second suspect involved. Additional authorities at the scene included EMS and the Crestview Fire Department, who assisted in extinguishing the fire that destroyed both the stolen car and the impacted business.


– Okaloosa County Sheriff’s Office