Clewiston man accused of leading deputies on high-speed chase

A car chase Sunday night that started near the border of Collier and Hendry counties ended with the arrest of a Clewiston man in northern Immokalee.

Tommy Reaves Browning, 40, faces charges of criminal mischief and fleeing from law enforcement officials after deputies said he was driving about 90 mph in a 40 mph zone.

Hendry County sheriff's deputies responded at 11:50 p.m. Sunday to a call of a driver trying to hook a chain from his car to shutters on a mall storefront. When the store's owner appeared at the Felda Church Road location, Browning left the scene and started driving toward Collier County, an arrest report said. When Browning drove away, he caused $4,320 worth of damage to the shutters, the report said.

A Hendry County deputy spotted Browning's truck and estimated he was driving about 90 mph. The deputy tried to pull over Browning's vehicle but he refused to comply, the report said.

A chase continued for about six miles, before Browning lost control and hit a street sign, deputies said. He was arrested without further incident.

Officials said Browning's license had been suspended indefinitely.

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