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Tuesday, September 27, 2022

Man driving stolen box truck arrested after fleeing troopers, deputies on I-75

A 34-year-old Riverview man driving a stolen box truck was arrested after he fled from Florida Highway Patrol troopers and Alachua County Sheriff’s Office deputies on Interstate 75.

On Tuesday, at around 7 a.m., a 2015 Isuzu box truck was traveling northbound on I-75, according to the FHP incident report. Earlier in the morning, the vehicle had been reported stolen out of Hillsborough County.

The driver, identified as Brandon J. Baker, was allegedly involved in a carjacking incident prior to stealing the box truck.

Brandon J. Baker
Brandon J. Baker (Alachua County Jail booking photo)

FHP was notified that the stolen vehicle had been spotted in Marion County, near the Alachua County line. An FHP trooper located the stolen vehicle and a traffic stop was attempted.

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A photo of an FHP patrol vehicle that attempted to stop the stolen box truck (Photo courtesy of the Florida Highway Patrol)

The FHP report indicated that Baker refused to stop, and he began driving northbound in the southbound lanes of I-75. ACSO deputies also attempted to stop the vehicle at multiple points without success.

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A photo of an Alachua County Sheriff’s Office patrol vehicle that was involved in the pursuit (Photo courtesy of the Florida Highway Patrol)

Shortly before 7:30 a.m., the stolen vehicle traveled to the 2100 block of SW 34th Street in Gainesville. Baker exited the vehicle and attempted to flee on foot, but he was quickly taken into custody by FHP troopers and ACSO deputies.

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A photo of the 2015 Isuzu box truck that was reported stolen out of Hillsborough County (Photo courtesy of the Florida Highway Patrol)

Baker was arrested and transported to Alachua County Jail where he is facing multiple felony charges. Additional charges have also been filed by the Tampa Police Department.

A court date has not been scheduled yet, according to jail records.