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FHP chase ends with suspect in custody

More than a dozen charges now facing a man who led state troopers on a chase through Flagler County.

The Florida Highway Patrol first pulled Arron Butler over on northbound I-95 at mile marker 282 for unlawful window tint and failing to wear a seatbelt. They ran his license to learn he was driving on a suspended license and had multiple outstanding felony warrants for armed burglary, possession of a firearm by a convicted felon, aggravated domestic assault, aggravated assault and battery.

When troopers asked Butler to get out of his car, we’re told he took off on I-95. He exited on Palm Coast Parkway and traveled off the road while approaching Club House Drive, stopping at the tree line. One trooper was involved in a crash at this scene, but was not injured.

FHP deployed a K-9 to track Butler down. That canine grabbed Butler in the thigh and troopers took him in to custody.

During the pursuit, a passenger traveling with Butler threw a gun out of the window, on his orders. FHP released her on the scene.

In addition to the outstanding warrants, Butler is now also charged with leaving the scene of a traffic crash, aggravated fleeing and eluding with injury or property damage, driving while license suspended or revoked, carrying a concealed firearm, engaging in criminal offense with weapon, possession of ammunition by a convicted felon, resisting officer without violence, possession of cocaine, possession of cannabis, possession of drug paraphernalia or equipment and destruction of evidence.

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