A Sanford man who attempted speed away from a deputy was arrested Friday after abandoning his vehicle at the side of railroad tracks on Moore Street and running away.
The pursuit began about 1:35 p.m. when the Lee County Sheriff’s Office received a call about a man in downtown Sanford who was approaching women and acting suspicious, according to Capt. Brian Estes.
Deputy Chuck Ottaway answered the call and stopped a black Chevrolet Suburban on Steele Street, Estes said.
The driver, identified as Derrick Dewayne McDougald, 49, got out of his vehicle, but got back in, backed up and drove away traveling north on North Moore Street, Estes said.
As McDougald approached the Weatherspoon Street intersection, Estes said, the Suburban veered off the road and traveled about 100 yards into a wooded area at the dead end of North Moore Street.
The vehicle came to a stop on the right side, partially on the tracks and in a ditch.
McDougald jumped from the Suburban and ran away as deputies and Sanford police followed. He was located and taken into custody on Greensboro Avenue near McGill Street.
The sheriff’s office contacted Atlantic & Western Railway to have any trains traveling on the tracks stopped.
McDougald is charged with speeding to elude arrest, resisting arrest, driving after consuming alcohol, speeding, and reckless driving to endanger.
He is charged by A&W authorities with trespassing for remaining on the railroad right of way, Estes said.
Bail had not been set at press time.