St. Joe man faces felony charge for high-speed flight from officers

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Jay Baskett

Jay Baskett

A man charged with resisting arrest by fleeing from Strike Force officers is now in custody in the County Jail.

Jay Baskett, 29, is charged with a class-e felony for the incident March 10. In a court affidavit, Investigator Stephen Clark of the Buchanan County Drug Strike Force says he believes the suspect led officers on a pursuit because there was an active warrant for his arrest.

According to the affidavit, investigators tried to stop a silver Lexus in the area of Savannah Avenue and Middleton Street.

The vehicle fled at a high rate of speed through the neighborhood and on highways.

“The pursuit last approximately 14 minutes until the vehicle passed two vehicles on a two way street going head on with oncoming traffic,” states the affidavit, “An oncoming vehicle had to veer to the side of the road to avoid being crashed into by the fleeing vehicle.”

The officers terminated the pursuit, but they say they identified Baskett as the driver of the fleeing vehicle. Baskett was arrested on the parole violation warrant the next day, but online court records show the warrant for resisting arrest was not served until Friday.

Baskett is being held in lieu of $2,500 bail awaiting his first court appearance Tuesday, March 28.