Helicopter video captures police pursuit, arrest of felon

Michael Patrick Laskey has a history of fleeing law enforcement

By Police1 Staff

BREVARD COUNTY, Fla. — Helicopter footage captured a high-speed pursuit and arrest of a felon, who was released from jail in January after serving 10 months.

Police attempted to pull over Michael Patrick Laskey, 27, Sunday when he fled, Florida Today reported. 

Helicopter video shows the pursuit through neighborhood streets before Laskey jumps out of his vehicle, without putting it in park, and flees on foot. He climbed fences, ran through backyards, climbed under cars and jumped in a pond before surrendering to officers.

Laskey was arrested and charged with more than a dozen offenses, including possession of a firearm by a felon, using or displaying a firearm during a felony, fleeing law enforcement at high speed, possession of cocaine and three counts of possession of a controlled substance without a prescription.

Court records show that Laskey has a history of fleeing law enforcement. In 2009, he was convicted for fleeing an officer with no regard for the safety of others. He was also convicted of two counts of aggravated assault on a law enforcement officer and carrying a concealed weapon.

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