July 2, 2012
This morning at 0924 the Levy County Sheriff's Office received a call from a distraught Chiefland resident. While enjoying her morning, someone attempted to kick her door off the hinges, as she described to a 911 operator while taking refuge in a back bedroom. Relaying information to the 911 operator, she was able to describe the subject who was now fleeing from her home. She told the 911 operator that a black male suspect was driving a small white 4 door car, similar to a Grand Prix, was now leaving her property.
Deputies from LCSO and Officers from Chiefland Police Dept flooded the area. Shortly after setting a perimeter, Sgt. Mike Narayan encountered a vehicle similar in description given by the caller. As Sgt. Narayan attempted to conduct a traffic stop, the driver whom he recognized as Willie James Ellison Jr. 10-28-92, fled in a vehicle he identified as a white Chevy Lumina.
Ellison accelerated to speeds in excess 85 miles per hour on US Hwy 27 toward Bronson, Fl where he lives. With officers in pursuit Ellison was able to avoid running over Stop-Sticks placed in his path at the intersection of CR 32. Momentarily losing control of his vehicle, Ellison was able to straighten out, however continued to flee going the wrong way on US Hwy 27 until he entered Bronson city limits.
Ellison then made a few quick turns and was able to exit surface roads into the residential area northwest of Main Street. Abandoning his car, Ellison fled on foot and has since been able to evade capture.
Anyone who can provide information regarding Ellison's current whereabouts is asked to call Crime Stoppers at 1-877-349-8477. You could be eligible for a reward.
Lt. Scott Tummond
Criminal Investigations Division
Levy County Sheriff's Office