Man arrested in Collier high speed chase on I-75

One person was arrested in connection with a high speed chase early Tuesday morning on Interstate 75, according to the Collier County Sheriff’s Office said.

Hamilton Lawson, 45, is facing charges in relation to the chase including fleeing and eluding, child neglect and battery on a law enforcement officer K9, according to a sheriff’s office spokesperson. No bond has been set and a mugshot was not available.

CCSO say Lawson hung a child out the window of his car to keep deputies at bay.

The chase started around 2:35 a.m. at the intersection of Collier and Golden Gate boulevards, according to a sheriff’s office spokesperson. The pursuit which topped speeds of 110 mph. ended at mile marker 110 on Interstate 75.

State troopers and deputies used stop sticks as a method to end the chase, and the vehicle later began smoking still eluding police.

Eventually, all the wheels on that car were worn down the rims. When the car came to a stop at mile marker 110 Lawson refused to leave the car and used a boy as a human shield.

Deputies rushed in and get that child to safety. A K9 was sent in to try and get Lawson out of the vehicle.

Deputies say Lawson grabbed that dog and started choking it.

Law enforcement ended up using 12 gauge bean bag rounds shot at him along with a taser to get him under control.

They pulled Lawson out of the car which started burning.

Count on WINK News to bring you more details as information becomes available.

Reporter:Jessica Alpern
Writer:Rachel Ravina
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