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Fleeing suspect learns meaning of horse power when he picks wrong pasture to run through

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An Orange City man outran police in at least five traffic stop attempts but could not elude some horses who chased him across a pasture into the path of deputies, who quickly arrested him.

Dominic Maultsby, 29, who has a history of running from police, was on felony probation for aggravated battery of a law enforcement officer for which he did three years in prison, ran out of luck when he trekked into the pasture to escape.

According to a Volusia County Sheriff’s Office report, deputies tried to stop Maultsby on Wednesday around 12:19 a.m. for having a tag light out near DeLand but he fled. DeLand police later located Maultsby and tried to stop him but he again sped off, reports state.

Maultsby then entered the Timbers subdivision on Orange Camp Road where he played hide and seek with law enforcement officers, authorities said.

“It should be noted, the vehicle was being reacquired on separate occasions within the subdivision due to it parking behind different residences every time a traffic stop was attempted,” deputies wrote.

A sheriff’s helicopter and a K-9 unit were then called in to help, reports state.

The helicopter pilot located Maultsby parked behind 1690 Timber Edge Drive where a police dog was deployed. Maultsby again sped off but deputies were ready with stop sticks and flattened his tires, investigators said.

Maultsby continued fleeing but then bailed out of the car at 300 Maple Sugar Drive and ran, deputies said,

That’s when Maultsby, tracked by a helicopter and a police dog, entered a pasture, sparking the interest of some horses who chased after him, as can be seen in a video captured by the helicopter’s pilot.

In the video, Maultsby jumps over a fence when the horses catch up to him. Shortly after, deputies, with the help of a police dog, find him hiding in some bushes and arrest him.

Maultsby was charged with resisting an officer without violence, two counts of fleeing and attempting to elude, driving while license suspended and violation of probation on a prior charge of aggressive battery on law enforcement officer.

He was being held Monday without bail at the Volusia County Branch Jail.

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