Man arrested after multi-county chase

Published On: Apr 25 2013 03:12:33 PM EDT   Updated On: Apr 25 2013 02:28:42 PM EDT

Deputies said they confiscated nearly $3,400 in cash, a handgun, 5 ounces of crystal meth and 5.8 grams of marijuana.


An Orlando man was arrested early Thursday morning after a high-speed chase from Orange County to St. Johns County.

Thomas Loncala, 47, was arrested and booked into the St. Johns County jail shortly after 5 a.m.

The chase began in Orlando but entered Flagler County around 10:53 p.m. on Wednesday, according the Flagler County Sheriff's Office.  The vehicle continued northbound on U.S. 1.

IMAGES: Chase of drug suspect ends in crash

Deputies deployed stop sticks and hit three tires.  The driver continued north, driving on the car's rims, into St. Johns County.

A deputy there used a pit maneuver, which caused the car to roll into a ditch onto its roof.  

Loncala suffered minor injuries and was transported to a local hospital, then booked into the St. Johns County jail.

He was charged with aggravated fleeing and alluding, aggravated assault with a deadly weapon and trafficking meth with a firearm.

Deputies confiscated $3,396 in cash, a semi-automatic handgun, 5 oz. of crystal meth and 5.8 grams of cannabis.

A female passenger was not charged.


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