UPDATE (12-13-18): The two males who died have been identified by police as 20-year-old Dominique P. Saint-Vil and 17-year-old Diaquiri J. Chambers, both Daytona Beach residents.
According to the just-released incident report, Saint-Vil was the driver and Chambers was in the front passenger seat of a 2016 white Mercedez-Benz C300 when it was taken at gunpoint in a neighborhood a few blocks north of Daytona State College. DBPD officers managed to activate the vehicle’s tracking system within a few hours of the incident, tracking it to the Port Orange area.
POPD says officers spotted it on Taylor Road near The Pavilion around 10:20 last night and the driver sped away when an unmarked vehicle got behind the stolen Mercedes, but officers on the ground did not give chase because Air One – the Volusia County Sheriff’s Office helicopter – had already spotted it in the air and was tracking it.
Last night, a suspect vehicle in an armed carjacking fled from law enforcement at high speeds. Deputies successfully threw stop sticks twice. Later, the vehicle lost control and crashed into a tree. 2 suspects were later pronounced deceased. Air One video of incident: pic.twitter.com/TpE97P8oPN
— Volusia Co. Sheriff (@VolusiaSheriff) December 13, 2018
VCSO deputies on the ground were able to drop stop sticks on Willow Run Boulevard which were run over by the stolen Mercedes, but the vehicle itself did not come to a complete stop until it struck a tree on City Center Boulevard in front of Port Orange Fire Station 73.
Saint-Vil and Chambers were trapped inside the heavily damaged vehicle, per the report, and officers weren’t able to pull them out until fire rescue workers arrived.
During a search afterward, officers found a Smith & Wesson handgun which had been reported stolen from the Edgewater area. DBPD says it was found in Chambers’ pocket at the hospital.
Port Orange, FL – Two men are dead in a traffic accident after authorities attempted to take them into custody for a carjacking.
The Port Orange Police Department says the crash happened around 10:30 last night (December 12th) on City Center Drive just to the east of Clyde Morris Boulevard.
POPD Lieutenant Alan James tells us no other vehicles were involved in the incident and that both men were found inside the crashed vehicle.
“The vehicle occupants were suspects in a carjacking that took place in Daytona Beach,” James added. “It was located in Port Orange and multiple law enforcement agencies were involved in trying to apprehend the suspects.”
Both men – who have yet to be identified by authorities – died at Halifax Health Medical Center soon after first responders airlifted one of them there and the other went by ground ambulance.
POPD didn’t release any other details about the accident other than to say it’s an ongoing investigation and autopsies are pending on both men to help determine the exact cause of death.
The Daytona Beach Police Department hasn’t said much at this point about the attempted carjacking, but in an interview this morning on WNDB’s Bennett & Bernier, DBPD Chief Craig Capri confirmed that both men were wanted by his agency.
“The car fled from our units and we didn’t pursue it,” Capri noted. “I pray for their families, but, y’know, when the police pull you over, it’s time to pull over. It’s not the time to run. I feel sorry for them, but at the same token, you gotta obey the law.”
Anyone who has information to share about this incident is asked to call POPD Officer Jesse Pierson at 386-506-5838.