Who is Jonathan Mark DeLoach?
Jonathan Mark DeLoach is identified as the driver from Florida who was arrested on Thursday by deputies with the Pasco County Sheriff’s Office and charged with five felony counts including child abuse and possession of methamphetamines, records show.
A car chase in Florida led to a harrowing rescue Thursday when DeLoach crashed into a pond with two children in the back seat.
How old is Jonathan Mark DeLoach?
Jonathan Mark DeLoach is 30 years old.
Jonathan Mark DeLoach: What is the story?
In a video from the sheriff’s office, a woman in the passenger seat exits the car and calls for help. The two children are seen crying, saying they can’t swim.
The officers pursuing DeLoach quickly joined bystanders in helping to pull the woman and children to safety as the car began to sink. DeLoach was pulled from the driver’s seat. No injuries were reported.
Deputies attempted to stop the car over a window tint violation on U.S. Highway 19 in Pasco County at 3:15 pm, but the suspect drove into the nearby Ja-Mar mobile home park, passing several residents and hitting a dead end before losing control.
The driver was identified as Jonathan Mark DeLoach, who was wanted on drug charges.
Jonathan Mark DeLoach footage
Dashcam footage shows deputies turn on their sirens and attempt to pull DeLoach over before the car speeds through a winding mobile home park and plunge into the pond.
“He crashed into the lake, he’s in the water,” one of the deputies tells dispatchers.
Video taken by bystanders shows a woman climb out of the car’s passenger window, as bystanders scream at her to “swim b***h.”
Another bystander shouts: “There’s a baby in the back! Two babies! F**king idiots! You’re sick!”
The car starts to submerge underwater as the woman grabs the two little children out of the window.
Other bystanders are seen scrambling to help rescue the kids from the water and taking them to dry land.
What we know so far
DeLoach was pulled from the driver’s seat. No injuries were reported.
Sheriff’s spokesperson Amanda Hunter told FOX 13 Tampa that a bag containing crystal meth was found floating in the pond near the car. According to a sheriff’s office affidavit, DeLoach told officers that he fled because he had three outstanding warrants for his arrest.
Deputies charged him with possession of methamphetamine, driving with a suspended license. DeLoach was being held at the Land O’ Lakes Detention Center.