A Crestview Man That Fled From Deputies in A High Speed Chase and Wrecked Is Finally Behind Bars After Stealing An Air Soft Pistol From Wal-Mart

March 26, 2018

Crestview, FL – A Crestview man facing OCSO warrants for reckless driving and fleeing from law enforcement before crashing into a wall, was found and arrested on those charges and others after attempting to steal an Air Soft Pistol, a knife, and other items from Walmart two days later.

Ian Robert Foster

On March 23rd Deputies were dispatched to the area of Hwy 85 South at the North end of SR 123 in reference to a black SUV driving reckless. While enroute, Deputies made contact with FHP (Florida Highway Patrol) who had the vehicle stopped on the south bound shoulder of HWY 85 in the area of Duke Field.

When contact was made with the driver and sole occupant of the vehicle they asked him for his identification. When he refused to identify himself, he was asked to turn the vehicle off and remove the keys from the ignition. The driver, later identified as 33-year-old Ian Robert Foster, stated he would not, put the vehicle in drive and pulled away from Law Enforcement.

As Foster pulled into the traffic lane he was nearly struck by an oncoming vehicle heading South. Foster then traveled across the grass median and accelerated north on Hwy 85 at a high rate of speed. Law Enforcement gave chase.

During the chase, Foster reached speeds in excess of 100 MPH. Deputies caught up to Foster in the area of the Shoal River Bridges. As they continued North bound on Ferdon Blvd, Foster failed to stop for the red light at the intersection of Ferdon Blvd and PJ Adams Pkwy. Law Enforcement slowed to clear the intersection for safety. Law Enforcement caught up to Foster’s vehicle after he crashed into a concrete wall behind Americas Best Value Inn located at 4255 S. Ferdon Blvd and fled the area. A through search of the area for was conducted but they were unable to locate Foster.

Deputies then applied for an arrest warrant charging him with fleeing and eluding, hit and run with property damage, and driving with a suspended license in connection with that incident.

On March 25th, a loss prevention officer at Walmart on Beal Parkway spotted a man later identified as Foster get a black backpack off a shelf and then put an Air Soft pistol, CO2 cartridges and BB’s, along with a knife and black spray paint in it before leaving out the garden area without paying. When confronted, Foster dropped the backpack and ran.

An OCSO deputy spotted him a short time later on Beal Parkway and made contact. Foster initially gave a false name.

He is now charged with theft, resisting arrest without violence, providing a false name to a law enforcement officer, hit and run – leaving the scene with property damage, fleeing and eluding, and driving with a suspended license, third offense.

Foster also had additional outstanding warrants for failure to appear on a DUI charge, license plate not attached, driving with a suspended license and shoplifting.

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