UPDATE: Violent fugitive captured after high-speed police chase down Highway 98

Northwest Florida

WATCH THIS VIDEO FROM A PRESS CONFERENCE FRIDAY MORNING:

SANTA ROSA COUNTY, Fla. (WKRG) —

UPDATE (May 29th 12 p.m.): Santa Rosa County Sheriff Bob Johnson held a press conference Friday to address the arrest of Anthony Barnes.

Sheriff Johnson says Barnes ran from deputies after he was spotted in Gulf Breeze. A chase with speeds of 100 miles per hour ensued. Barnes’ tire eventually blew out and the car crashed.

After the crash, Barnes and a passenger, Joseph James Kennedy, ran from deputies. A K-9 unit eventually caught Barnes. After Kennedy was caught by deputies, he surrendered.

Barnes and Kennedy were booked into the Santa Rosa County jail. Kennedy’s bond was set at $1,000. Barnes’ bond is more than $55,000.

ORIGINAL STORY:

A violent fugitive has been captured after days on the run.

The Santa Rosa County Sheriff’s Office arrested Anthony Barnes after a chase this evening around 6:45 p.m.

It began in the Gulf Breeze area and ended in the 8800 block of Highway 98 in Navarre. The chase lasted more than 16 miles. Barnes is a convicted felon and was wanted on several gun and drug charges.

The Santa Rosa County sheriff will hold a news conference tomorrow morning at 11 a.m. News five will have a crew there, and we plan to stream it live on our website and on our Facebook page.

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