December 5, 2017
Valparaiso, FL – A multi-agency man hunt that disrupted traffic for several hours late Monday afternoon lands two Okaloosa County men behind bars.
On Monday afternoon at approximately 3:03 pm a Florida Highway Patrol Trooper spotted a vehicle south bound on State Road 123 at a high rate of speed. After targeting the vehicle speed at 101 mph in a 65 mph zone, the trooper attempted to stop the vehicle.
During the short pursuit before the trooper called off the chase for public safety concerns, the driver maintained speeds in excess of 100 mph, forced other motorist to take evasive actions to get out of his way and changed lanes by swerving in and out of traffic. However moments later the trooper observed a plum of dirt in the air in the vicinity of State Road 85 and General Bond Cutoff Road.
Troopers responded to investigate and discovered the suspect vehicle had turned onto General Bond Cutoff and made a u-turn. While attempting the u-turn, the vehicle drove through a culvert and crashed into a berm of dirt rendering the vehicle inoperative.
When troopers arrived on-scene they observed the passenger in the vehicle, later identified as Tykia Washington lying on the ground adjacent to the passenger side of the vehicle. Further investigation revealed the driver, later identified as Keenan Boggan, had fled the scene of the traffic crash on foot into a nearby wooded area.
Okaloosa County Sheriff’s Office personnel, Eglin AFB, Security Forces personnel, Florida Wildlife Commission (FWC) and Okaloosa Correctional Institute (OCI) personnel responded to assist.
An OCI canine team search of the area revealed Mr. Boggan had disrobed and removed a monitored ankle bracelet in an attempt to further elude law enforcement officers. Boggan was tracked by K9 Units to some bushes north of Poquito near the intersection with Lewis Turner Boulevard where he was taken into custody.
During a search of the vehicle, a SAR 1 assault rifle with a drum canister style magazine and laser bore sight attached was observed laying across the back seat of the vehicle and a fully loaded Glock 19 semi-automatic handgun was discovered laying on the front passenger side floorboard of the vehicle.
Additionally, a black ski mask was observed laying on the front passenger side floorboard and two additional ski masks inside a partially torn open plastic bag was found underneath the assault rifle on the backseat.
A clear plastic baggie, tied in a knot which contained what appeared to be a powdery white substance was found on the driver’s side floorboard.
Both the assault riffle and handgun were reported stolen out of Walton County.
The passenger, Tykia Washington, was charged with Possession of Burglary Tools, Possession of Firearm by a Convicted Felon, Grand Theft of a Firearm.
The driver, Keenan Boggan, was charged with Fleeing and Eluding a Law Enforcement Officer at High Speed, Possession of a Weapon by a Violent Career Criminal, Possession or Use of Weapon During the Commission of a Felony, Grand Theft of Firearm, Possession of Burglary Tools, Driving While License Suspended 3rd Subsequent Offense, Possession of a Controlled Substance, Reckless Driving with Property Damage, Leaving the Scene of a Traffic Crash, Criminal Mischief and Speeding.
Both the driver and passenger were booked into the Okaloosa County Jail.