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DeFuniak Springs Man In Critical Condition After He Tries To Flee Police

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A DeFuniak Springs man is in critical condition after he crashed his car into a tree while flee ing DeFuniak Springs Police.

Florida Highway Patrol says Jesse Ricks, 30, crashed into a pine tree off State Road 83 and Juniper Lake Road in Walton County

Lieutenant Tilman Mears with the DeFuniak Springs Police Department says on Sunday morning, an officer pulled over the driver earlier after noticing he was driving in multiple lanes. When the officer approached the vehicle, the driver fled heading north bound on State Road 83.

Lt. Mears says the officer pursued a short distance before canceling his pursuit due to other motorists and inclement weather. However, Lt. Mears says the officer later noticed the vehicle again and headed that direction to later find the vehicle had crashed.

FHP says Ricks was not wearing a seatbelt and the accident was alcohol related.