Hernando County Aviation Unit Helps Apprehend Suspect in Stolen Vehicle Incident

20 year old Port Richey resident Vaughn McClellan Jr.. was charged with grand theft auto and resisting an officer without violence. The Florida Highway Patrol also cited McClellan for reckless driving, driving without a license, and leaving the scene of an accident.
20 year old Port Richey resident Vaughn McClellan Jr.. was charged with grand theft auto and resisting an officer without violence. The Florida Highway Patrol also cited McClellan for reckless driving, driving without a license, and leaving the scene of an accident.

BROOKSVILLE, FL – On Saturday, February 06, 2021 at 1:15 a.m., 911 dispatchers received a report of a single-vehicle crash in the area of Powell Road and Saturn Road in Brooksville. An off-duty Pasco Sheriff’s deputy reported locating a vehicle parked on the roadside with front-end damage. The off-duty deputy activated his overhead emergency lights and observed as three individuals fled on foot from the scene into a wooded area.

Hernando County Sheriff’s deputies soon arrived on scene to begin searching for the suspects. The HCSO aviation and K-9 units also responded to search for the suspects. With the assistance of the aviation unit, two of the subjects were found hiding in separate wooded lots. The subjects were immediately detained. Both subjects identified the driver of the stolen vehicle as 20 year old Port Richey resident Vaughn McClellan Jr.. The subjects said McClellan had picked them up earlier in the night.

The owner of the vehicle, who lives in Pasco County, advised her ex-boyfriend, McClellan, did not have permission to drive her vehicle. She advised she had only recently noticed her vehicle was missing and signed a stolen vehicle affidavit.

A short time later McClellan called the Sheriff’s Office using his cell phone to surrender. McClellan was located waiting outside of a residence on Crum Road. He was charged with grand theft auto and resisting an officer without violence. The Florida Highway Patrol also cited McClellan for reckless driving, driving without a license, and leaving the scene of an accident.


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McClellan was transported to the Hernando County Detention Center where he was being held in lieu of a $3,000 bond. Neither of the other two subjects were charged in the incident.

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