FORT WALTON BEACH — Jason Hildebrant, 39, address unknown, was charged with committing five felonies and a misdemeanor after allegedly fleeing an attempted traffic stop Thursday night and later telling authorities he had ingested methamphetamine.
Members of the Okaloosa County Sheriff’s Office’s and Fort Walton Beach Police Department’s street crimes unit were patrolling the Fort Walton Beach area when Hildebrant, driving a minivan, ran a stop sign, refused to pull over and took off in the area of Martin Luther King Boulevard around 7:30 p.m. Thursday, authorities said.
A deputy who followed the van on a dead-end street said Hildebrant did a U-turn and came back directly at the deputy’s marked patrol car, forcing him to slam on his brakes to avoid a head-on collision.
The van continued throughout areas from Carmel Drive to James Lee Boulevard, eventually turning onto Don Drive, a dead end street. Hildebrant bailed out of the van and went into a bayou, but was eventually located by the OCSO in a backyard off Zachary Lane.
Hildebrant then allegedly told deputies he had ingested an unknown amount of methamphetamine, and deputies reportedly found suspected spice in his van.
He was taken to Fort Walton Beach Medical Center for evaluation. After being cleared by medical staff, Hildebrant was booked on charges of aggravated assault on a law enforcement officer, possession of methamphetamine, destruction of evidence, aggravated fleeing and eluding, being a habitual traffic offender-driving with a suspended/revoked license and resisting an officer without violence.
A passenger in the van was not charged.