Panama City man arrested after driving stolen car into Bruster's Real Ice Cream
UPDATE 06/15/2020 4:11 p.m.:
Bay County Sheriff's Deputies have released the name of the driver who was charged as Devante Sanders, 28, of Panama City.
UPDATE: 06/15/2020 10 A.M.
Bruster's Real Ice Cream owner, Tam Taylor, says a crew is installing a temporary drive-thru. The plan is to open the ice cream shop sometime Monday afternoon.
A Panama City man has been arrested after crashing a stolen vehicle into Bruster's Real Ice Cream on Thomas Drive in Panama City Beach early Monday morning.
According to the Bay County Sheriff's Office, the vehicle was reported stolen from Carroll County, Georgia.
Just before midnight, a Bay County Sheriff's Deputy spotted the car at Laurie Avenue and Front Beach Road and attempted to stop the vehicle, but the driver took off.
Deputies say during a high-speed chase, the passenger jumped out of the car on North Lagoon and the passenger was taken into custody. He was later released.
The driver continued north, lost control of the vehicle, drove into the side of Bruster's and caught fire. Deputies were able to put the fire out and take the driver into custody.
"I thought it was going to be bad, I didn't realize it was going to be this bad. Thank god my employees weren't here because I have some of the best employees around and I can replace the store, I can't replace my employees," Bruster's Real Ice Cream Owner, Tam Taylor said. "Now we survived a hurricane, we survived a pandemic and now we just have to survive this."
Taylor says she's going to board the drive-through up and hopes to be open for business Monday.
The driver has been charged with aggravated fleeing and eluding, felony driving while license suspended and revoked, and resisting arrest. The name of the driver has not been released.