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RECENTLY OUT OF PRISON FOR VEHICULAR HOMICIDE, DAYTONA MAN AGAIN FLEES AT HIGH SPEED
A Daytona Beach man recently released after a 10-year prison sentence for vehicular homicide and aggravated fleeing/attempting to elude law enforcement was arrested again this weekend after he fled from Volusia County sheriff’s deputies, narrowly missed hitting several vehicles and eventually crashed into the front porch of a house.
John Mai, 25 (DOB 7/3/1993), fled from a deputy doing proactive patrols in the Daytona Beach area around 10:35 p.m. Saturday. The crew on the Sheriff’s Office helicopter, Air One, had radioed to ground units that they were following a suspicious vehicle. When the deputy attempted a traffic stop, the car took off at high speed.
Air One followed overhead, and other deputies were successful with stop sticks before Mai crashed the car at 236 N. Caroline St., Daytona Beach, and ran to a nearby apartment complex, where he was caught by Daytona Beach police officers. A passenger who also ran from the vehicle was not immediately located.
Mai was charged with fleeing or attempting to elude law enforcement, leaving the scene of a crash with damage, driving with a suspended license, resisting an officer without violence, possession of less than 20 grams of marijuana and possession of drug paraphernalia. He was released from the Volusia County Branch Jail on Sunday morning after posting $12,500 bail.
In 2011, Mai was sentenced to 10 years in prison for vehicular homicide, aggravated fleeing and grand theft auto after he crashed into a car while speeding away from a January 2010 attempted traffic stop in Daytona Beach. The crash killed Paul E. Outzen.