Chase Leads to Arrest

An early morning vehicle chase by BCSO deputies and a suspect on motorcycle resulted in the recovery of a stolen motorcycle and the arrest of the man believed responsible for stealing it.

On September 4, the Bay County Sheriff’s Office responded to a residence on Grand Oak Lane in Panama City Beach in reference to the theft of a 2001 Suzuki Motorcycle.

The owner stated the motorcycle was parked in front of his house when it was taken. He also stated the keys were not with the motorcycle.

On Sunday, during the early morning hours, a BCSO deputy spotted the stolen motorcycle. It was driven by a white male with long, dark hair and also had a female passenger on it.

The deputy attempted a traffic stop, but the suspect fled down Highway 389. The deputy pursued and when they entered the area of 9th Street and Arkansas Avenue, the driver of the motorcycle laid the motorcycle down and fled on foot, leaving the female passenger behind.

A short while later the Lynn Haven Police Department responded to a call to a residence on Louisiana Avenue in reference to a suspicious man laying under a table in the backyard.

The home was only a few blocks from where the suspect fled on foot. LHPD responded and located 39 year old Danny Zane Tatum.

The BCSO deputy involved in the pursuit was called to the scene and identified Tatum as the driver of the motorcycle.

In processing the motorcycle it was discovered the ignition to the motorcycle had been punched out in order to start it without a key.

Tatum, a transient, was charged with grand theft auto and taken to the Bay County Jail.