OKALOOSA COUNTY, Fla. (WALA) - An Alabama driver accused of speeding off after forcing an Okaloosa County Sheriff's deputy off the road Wednesday, July 24 is charged with driving under the influence and fleeing and eluding a law enforcement officer with lights and sirens activated.
A deputy was on the lookout for a hit and run driver out of the City of Fort Walton Beach when he said he spotted a red Mustang matching the car's description driving fast and partially in oncoming lanes of traffic in the area of Pocahontas Road and James Lee Boulevard shortly before midnight Wednesday.
The deputy said he was forced off the roadway to avoid a collision with the Mustang. Another deputy also arrived.
According to reports, Hogeland motioned with his finger as if he was firing a handgun at him.
Deputies said Hogeland then sped off, driving erratically and running red lights and stop signs while deputies briefly chased him. Officials said the was called off due to Hogeland's excessive speeds and reckless driving.
A short time later, his car was found in the median on Eglin Parkway in Fort Walton Beach after he crashed into trees. In addition to the OCSO charges, Hogeland is also reportedly facing charges in Fort Walton Beach and by the Florida Highway Patrol.
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