Jacksonville High Speed Chase Ends With Crash Into Forestry Truck

By: April Davis/ Carly Swain
By: April Davis/ Carly Swain

A high speed chase ends with a suspects car crashing into a state forestry vehicle.

Troopers say one driver crashed into this forestry truck before 8:00 p.m. Thursday night. Investigators tell us 21-year-old Tantelis Mendonis was trying to outrun the highway patrol when he went around a bend in Jacksonville, flipped his SUV four or five times, then hit the parked truck. Jeff Parker with the U.S. Forestry Service says he's noticed people regularly speed down Harris Creek Road.

"They don't think about others when they're on the road. That's the problem we got, and I'm just glad nobody got killed last night," said Parker.

Troopers say the driver and his two passengers made it out.


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  • by crazygirl. Location: Jacksonville on Dec 10, 2011 at 03:23 PM
    actually, his name is mis-spelled. it's pantelis mendonis and his mom used to babysit my sister and i. he was raised so much better than this...
  • by 40some on Dec 10, 2011 at 06:28 AM
    With a name like Trantillis or turantula or however you spell it,you know he's mongolian.
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      by Panda2108 on Dec 10, 2011 at 03:59 PM in reply to 40some
      Actually his name is greek. Greece is not even close to Mongolia. And if that was an obscure reference to some kind of adolescent humor...it was an epic fail.
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        by 40some on Dec 10, 2011 at 08:03 PM in reply to Panda2108
        And that's your opinion.
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          by Anonymous on Dec 11, 2011 at 07:02 AM in reply to 40some
          an opinion shared by many
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          by 40some on Dec 11, 2011 at 12:27 PM in reply to 40some
          So you disagree with Bill Cosby's opinion? So I was off the mark, between mongolian or greek, guess I should be publicly flayed. Should we never make disparaging remarks about those who endanger the public? Ok, I can play along with that. He's probably a great kid and wasn't doing anything wrong. He's a victim of society. The police had no business chasing him. Make you you feel all warm and fuzzy now?
  • by ENC LEO on Dec 10, 2011 at 06:14 AM
    Time to put that new "Run and you're done" law into effect, (not that the vehicle is worth anything now though). When will they learn? You might outrun the car, but you can't outrun Motorola!! LOL
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      by former LEO on Dec 10, 2011 at 02:47 PM in reply to ENC LEO
      Just love a good chase huh? No matter how many innocent people are hurt or killed.
  • by Alcohol Involved? on Dec 9, 2011 at 09:41 PM
    Na, couldn't be.
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