Pair in stolen car apprehended after multi-county chase that began in Sumter County

A man and a woman were arrested after a multi-county chase Thursday that began in Sumter County.

The Florida Highway Patrol Contraband Interdiction Unit was conducting enforcement in the area of Interstate 75 and County Road 48 in Sumter County when a trooper observed a blue colored Toyota Solara traveling east on CR 48.

A couple in a stolen car was apprehended after a chase that began in Sumter County.
A couple in a stolen car was apprehended after a chase that began in Sumter County.

A check  revealed that the vehicle was stolen and FHP attempted a traffic stop in the area of the Wal-Mart in Bushnell.

The vehicle subsequently fled from the trooper which initiated a pursuit east on CR 48, then south on U.S. 301. The pursuit traveled south on U.S. 301 through southern Sumter County, into Hernando County and then into Pasco County. Troopers stopped the vehicle and the driver fled on foot.

The passenger, 29-year-old Tatiana Elizabeth Santillan of Lutz, was detained at the scene and later transported to an area hospital with minor injuries. Charges are considered pending against Santillan at this time, according to FHP.

Working closely with the Hernando County and Pasco County Sheriff’s Offices, FHP members established a perimeter and located the 36-year-old David Russell Frey II of Lutz, nearly five hours later, hiding in a barn.

Frey was arrested on charges of reckless driving, aggravated fleeing and eluding, driving while license suspended, aggravated assault, burglary, grand theft of a motor vehicle, resisting with violence, possession of controlled prescription drugs, and violation of probation.  Frey was later delivered to the Hernando County Jail.

Additional charges remain pending against Frey in both Sumter and Pasco counties.