Deputies: Man turns self in after fleeing

Published On: Dec 07 2011 02:03:46 PM EST   Updated On: Dec 09 2011 12:16:06 PM EST

Flagler County Sheriff's Office booking photo of Michael Testa


A Bunnell man who escaped from Flagler County deputies Tuesday evening turned himself in Friday morning, according to the Sheriff's Office.

Michael Testa, 21, called the Sheriff's Office communications center just before 9:30 a.m. Friday to say he wanted to turn himself in to deputies. He was taken into custody minutes later in the area of Classic Court in Palm Coast.

Deputies said Testa has been staying in the woods.

Testa was facing multiple felony criminal charges after he fled deputies Tuesday night as they questioned him in connection with a Palm Coast home burglary on Zebulah Trail. Testa was believed to have pawned the stolen property at a Bunnell pawn shop, deputies said.

Testa had been charged with two counts of dealing in stolen property and one count of grand theft when deputies placed him into the back of a patrol car around 6 p.m. Tuesday. He was cooperating with deputies and was writing out a statement while deputies completed paperwork, investigators said.

Testa was able to reach out of the patrol car's partially opened window to reach the exterior door handle and open the rear door, deputies said. They said he fled on foot, and deputies could not find him in an air and ground search.

An additional charge of escape will be added against Testa, according to deputies.


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