On May 6, 2021 at 16:21pm, deputies were alerted of a pursuit involving a stolen Cocoa Police Department vehicle traveling north on I-95, entering Volusia County in Oak Hill. After a chase involving stop-sticks and a pit maneuver, VSO deputies and police officers surrounded the vehicle and gave the sole occupant, later identified as 33-year-old Xavier Cummings, commands to exit the vehicle.
At that point, Cummings armed himself with a large crowd dispersing pepper spray canister, exited the driver side door, and fled on foot. Cummings ran directly towards a Cocoa Police K-9 vehicle (2020 Ford Interceptor Utility, which was parked on I-95 at the scene and was unlocked with the keys in the ignition. Cummings was then able to drive away and fled north on I-95 at a high rate of speed with no regard in the now stolen Cocoa Police K-9 vehicle. Deputies and officers began pursuing the vehicle north on I-95. VSO Sergeant J Hattaway and Port Orange police officers successfully deployed stop sticks on the vehicle at mile marker 256 N I-95, which caused three of the tires to deflate.
Due to the tire damage, vehicle slowed and came to a stop in the median at mile marker 258 N I-95, Daytona Beach. Cummings was then taken into custody by deputies and police officers without incident.