Driver arrested after Sheriff Whidden stops the vehicle

Posted 3/2/20

Thomas Leon Charles Ferguson

LABELLE — A Hendry County Sheriff's Office press release stated that Hendry County Sheriff Steve Whidden helped stop a reckless driver on the evening of Thursday, …

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Driver arrested after Sheriff Whidden stops the vehicle

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Thomas Leon Charles Ferguson

LABELLE — A Hendry County Sheriff's Office press release stated that Hendry County Sheriff Steve Whidden helped stop a reckless driver on the evening of Thursday, Feb. 27, after the driver, 19-yr-old Thomas Leon Charles Ferguson, led them on a wild chase through neighborhoods and busy roadways.

Sergeant N. Echevarria had conducted a traffic stop on the small sedan. After the vehicle stopped Echevarria exited his vehicle and began approaching the car when the driver suddenly took off.

Ferguson took deputies through quiet neighborhoods and recklessly ran traffic lights and stop signs, cutting in and out of traffic; at one point using the right turn lane at Ben Moore Drive and West State Road 80 to travel around heavy traffic, using the south sidewalk, he cut back onto State Road 80 between vehicles. At one point deputies deployed stop sticks, deflating the front passenger side tire; that didn’t stop him.

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