Convicted felon in stolen vehicle films police chase; posts to Facebook

A convicted felon sitting in the back of a stolen car used his cell phone to film as the vehicle reached 100 mph while being pursued by at least two police agencies, according to an arrest report.

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While Antonio Anderson was being arrested, he received a notification that the video had been shared by one of his Facebook friends.

Officers watched on Facebook as Anderson allegedly talked about ditching a firearm out the window and then urges the stolen vehicle’s driver to ram a patrol car.

Anderson, of West Palm Beach, is facing charges two counts of possession of a firearm by a convicted felon and one count each of carrying a prohibited weapon, destroying evidence and possession of burglary tools. Anderson, 19, is being held at the Palm Beach County Jail in lieu of $50,000 bail.

Steven Joseph, the alleged driver from Lake Worth, is facing several charges including motor vehicle theft and fleeing and eluding without regard to safety and is being held in lieu of $11,000 bail.

Juno Beach police attempted to pull over a Nissan that was speeding on the 13600 block of U.S Highway 1 at about 1:30 a.m. Wednesday, the report said.

The Nissan did not stop and eventually reached 100 mph while traveling on a section of Indiantown Road with a 45 mph speed limit.

Juno Beach police gave up the chase but the Nissan was spotted by Jupiter police more than an hour later. With police in pursuit, the Nissan drove on the wrong side of Military Trail into on-coming traffic, the report said.

While fleeing police, a backseat passenger, later identified as Anderson, threw a firearm out the window.

The vehicle came to a stop in Palm Beach Gardens where Joseph and Anderson were arrested. Burglary tools, marijuana and ammunition were found in the car, the report said. The gun Anderson allegedly tossed was found by Palm Beach Gardens police.

An officer saw Anderson filming from the back of the Nissan as it fled police.

Anderson refused to unlock his phone for police. But as Anderson’s property was being confiscated, the phone beeped, showing that video had been shared by one of his Facebook friends.

A transcript of the video’s audio details Anderson providing Joseph information and instruction.

“Steve … drive on the wrong side of the road …,” Anderson tells Joseph.

Anderson allegedly also makes threatening and racist remarks during the chase.

“I should bust your [expletives],” Anderson says as a patrol car pulls up along side the Honda.

State records show that Anderson was convicted of motor vehicle theft and grand theft in October 2014 and served nearly nine months in jail before he was released in August 2015.

 

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