Man arrested after high-speed chase leads to Levy County deputy crash

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Levy County Sheriff's deputies have arrested a man accused of leading officers on a high-speed chase that caused one wreck and ended with another.

Lt. Scott Tummond says Deputy M. Adams saw a conversion van going 20 mph over the speed limit on U.S. Highway 19 early Saturday morning. Here's what happened next, Tummond said.

The deputy tried to pull the driver over but the van kept going, eventually crossing over the median of the highway. Chiefland police and Highway Patrol troopers joined the chase as speeds exceeded 80 mph. The van ran a red light at the intersection of U.S. 19 and County Road 320, nearly wrecking into a car waiting at the light and another entering the intersection, Tummond said.

Tummond said Adams slowed down at the intersection but collided with a vehicle. The driver of the other vehicle sustained minor injuries, Tummond said. Adams was not injured.

The van kept going, eventually crashing at the intersection of U.S. 19 and County Road 120. No other vehicles were involved and Chiefland police were able to take the man into custody.

Deputies arrested and charged 38-year-old Charles Roosa with fleeing and attempting to elude law enforcement. He's being held at the Levy County Jail on $100,000 bond.

Tummond said Roosa was later charged with battery on a detention officer after he threw a punch and tackled a detention officer Sunday.

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