A convicted felon out on probation carjacked an off-duty highway trooper at gunpoint in Florida on Tuesday and led authorities on a chase via a number of counties earlier than officers nabbed him hiding in a pond, authorities mentioned.
Morris Eliott Moore rear-ended the off-duty Florida Freeway Patrol officer’s 2021 Chevy Camaro at a crimson mild simply earlier than 1 a.m. in Marion County, the Ocala Police Department said. Moore was driving a silver Volkswagen sedan.
When the officer exited his automotive to evaluate the harm, Moore pointed a gun at him and stole his watch, cellphone and pockets earlier than driving off with the Camaro, police mentioned.
A feminine within the Volkswagen bought into its driver’s seat and adopted intently behind Moore who was driving within the stolen automotive. The feminine stays at giant, in response to authorities.
The off-duty officer was in a position to observe the Camaro to Florida’s Turnpike because of his OnStar account and alerted police. A number of businesses responded and a Marion County air unit situated the stolen automotive.
When deputies with the Lake County Sheriff’s Workplace tried a site visitors cease, Moore sped away within the Camaro and led officers on a chase into Orange County. The automotive chase ended when OnStar was in a position to disable the car at an intersection. However Moore then exited the automotive and fled right into a wooded space.
Police mentioned Moore jumped right into a pond and tried to cover beneath a dock. Deputies and a Okay-9 unit tracked Moore and arrested him on the pond.
Moore was charged with armed carjacking, armed theft, and possession of a firearm by a convicted felon.
Moore is on probation for a earlier armed housebreaking and has an “intensive legal historical past,” which incorporates a number of felony convictions, police mentioned. He was beforehand sentenced to fifteen years in state jail for aggravated fleeing and eluding with involuntary vehicular manslaughter.