Just before midnight on November 27, Santa Rosa Sheriff’s Office was engaged in a pursuit of a reckless vehicle (Land Rover) while traveling westbound on Interstate 10.
A Florida Highway Patrol Trooper was notified by one of the SRSO deputies that the pursuit which was traveling into Escambia County. At the same time, Tallahassee Regional Communications Center Dispatch received a call from the Sheriff’s Office requesting assistance with the pursuit. Subsequently, the State Trooper engaged in the pursuit while westbound on I-10 approaching Scenic Hwy.
The Two Santa Rosa Deputies involved in the pursuit gave way to Trooper Cupples, resulting in Trooper Cupples being lead vehicle.
After approximately four and a half miles, Trooper Cupples successfully utilized a precision immobilization technique, referred to as a PIT maneuver, forcing the Land Rover to be disabled after traveling over a raised median on University Parkway just north of Davis Highway.
The two Santa Rosa units immediately boxed in the Land Rover to prevent escape.
The male driver exited the Land Rover and fled on foot. After the driver fell to the ground due to exhaustion, Trooper Cupples was able to make the arrest without incident. Per FHP, there were no injuries to either the suspect or Trooper Cupples.
A female passenger was in the Land Rover at the time but never fled or resisted. She was later released.
The driver was identified as Patrick Colbie Koehler, 27, of the 3800 block of Rockwood Drive in Pace. Charges against Koehler include, Fleeing and Eluding, Habitual Traffic Offender, Felony Marijuana Possession, Methamphetamine Possession, Resisting without Violence, and DUI.
Koehler also has a felony warrant out of Escambia County Alabama, per FHP.
EDITOR’S NOTE: A press release listed Koehler as a Milton resident; however, his booking information included a Pace address.