Deputies arrest man who fled through a farm field, crashed

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On January 3rd, 2023, FCSO attempted to make a traffic stop on a vehicle that was in the area of County Road 304 and Old Haw Creek Rd. The vehicle sped away and left the road to drive through the farm fields along C.R. 304 to try and elude the FCSO.

The vehicle drove back onto the road at speeds exceeding 100MPH. FCSO followed the vehicle at a safe distance and speed in an effort to maintain eye contact. The vehicle was discovered near the area of County Road 304 and Old Haw Creek Rd. A female passenger was found nearby with minor injuries, while a witness said the male driver fled into the woods on foot.

FCSO set a perimeter, and Deputies Tarczewski and his K-9 partner Odin were called in to track the suspect. The driver was found trying to hide among the palmetto fronds and was detained without further issue. The suspect was later identified as James Roy Baggett, a resident of Hastings, Fl.  The female passenger was released from the scene.

Baggett, 27, was found with 2.77 grams of ecstasy (MDMA) and a needle in his pocket. Baggett was on an inmate release status when he was arrested, as well as felony probation with special conditions that included no driving and no illegal drugs.

Baggett was charged with Aggravated Fleeing with Injury or Damage, Leaving the Scene of a Crash with Injury, Driving with License Suspended/Revoked, Reckless Driving with Damage to Person or Property, Possession of MDMA, Possession of Drug Paraphernalia and three counts of Violation of Probation – Felony.

Baggett has no criminal history in Flagler county and is currently being held with no bond. He has a criminal history in Putnam County that includes Burglary, Larceny, Fraud, Dealing in Stolen Property, and several narcotic related charges.


By Krys DeWind

Krys DeWind has been a Flagler County resident since 2016. She is active in her community and is always looking for ways to better it. She has a community first attitude which is one of the central founding ideals of the Flagler County Buzz.

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