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For Immediate Release

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May 20, 2011

Dominic Guadagnoli, Public Affairs Officer

Florida Regional Fugitive Task Force (850) 554-6602

USMS Headquarters Public Affairs (202) 307-9065

U.S. Marshals Task Force Arrests Violent Felon after High Speed Chase, Crash Forces End

Navarre, FL – The U.S. Marshals Florida Regional Fugitive Task Force from Pensacola arrested an Indiana man yesterday who is wanted as the primary suspect in a string of burglaries covering at least five counties in Indiana; where a cache of rifles, handguns electronic equipment jewelry, safes and various other items worth approximately $25,000 were recovered from his home in Corydon, Indiana.  Zachary Taylor Frey led US Marshals, Task Force Officers from Santa Rosa and Okaloosa County Sheriff’s Offices, Ft. Walton Beach Police Department, FDLE and patrol deputies from Santa Rosa County in a lengthy high speed chase leading them through heavy noontime traffic on Highway 98 and State Road 87. Frey also led officers through rural streets, conducting numerous u-turns and even drove into on-coming traffic on Highway 98 eventually leading the officers down a street that dead ended at a school. During the chase, Frey attempted to drive head-on with the law enforcement cars and could be seen smiling taunting the officers as if it were a game.

 

“Watching him laughing and smiling while engaged in such obvious disregard to the safety to others just sums up his character,” said Inspector Dominic Guadagnoli with US Marshals.

 

It was Guadagnoli’s vehicle that Frey eventually hit head-on at the Holley-Navarre Middle School’s parking lot that abruptly ended the pursuit.  “When we saw him head down that street and knew where it would lead to we thought the worst,” said Guadagnoli. “I’m just glad it was us he hit instead of children or someone else.” Frey was immediately removed from the car, handcuffed and put into the back of a patrol car. Neither Frey nor officers were injured as a result of the crash.

 

A search of Frey’s car revealed a loaded a 9mm pistol magazine. Afterwards, a search of his room at the Day’s Inn Motel where he was staying revealed a loaded 9mm handgun but the magazine found in the car appeared to belong to a different gun. The Task Force had intelligence that stated that Frey always carried a gun on him and one in his car. The Task Force began their surveillance Late Wednesday night and continued it into the next morning. Sometime just after 11 a.m. Frey began to act suspicious and that’s when the Task Force decided to move in. Immediately Frey jumped into a car and the chase began. Frey did the same thing in Indiana last week but got away at that time.

 

Frey has local charges pending for Aggravated Assault on an Officer, Fleeing and Eluding with Disregard to Safety to Persons or Property, Resisting Officer with Violence and Possession of Weapon or Ammunition by a Felon. Frey is being held in the Santa Rosa County Jail on an $85,000 bond and may eventually face federal charges.