Deltona, FL - A stolen vehicle investigation leads to the arrest of 31-year-old Lucien Suprice who also left behind an infant in a car seat that was not fastened. See the video of the baby's rescue by clicking here.
A Volusia Sheriff's deputy spotted a vehicle that had been reported stolen out of Orange County near the intersection of Fort Smith and Howland Boulevards on Tuesday afternoon. When Suprice spotted the deputy, he ran a stop sign at a high rate of speed. The deputy followed the stolen car and saw Suprice stop the car in the 700 block of Shafton Avenue, get out and run away.
The deputy followed Suprice on foot and saw him jump over a white plastic vinyl fence, which broke as he kept running. He also saw the suspect drop a clear plastic baggie containing crack/cocaine. Suprice eventually fell to the ground, surrendering to deputies.
As deputies were arresting him, Suprice told them about the baby in the car. The suspect left the car running but it was locked so deputies used tools to open the door. The baby was actually sleeping before being woke up by the commotion. EMTs checked the child out and he was released to the custody of his mother.
The investigation found that Suprice had hit the school zone sign in front of Sunrise Elementary School while driving at high speed, causing about $5,000 in damages. They also found a black scale, two cellular telephones, and currency where he fell to the ground.
Suprice is not a stranger to VSO, having been in and out of the Volusia County Jail 15 times since 2008 when he was 1-9-years-old. This time, he faces 11 charges, including neglect of a child and leaving a child unattended in a vehicle. His total bond was set at $15,500 but he has already bonded out. Because of his previous charges, that bond may be revoked.