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Port St. Lucie Police Drone Operator Locates Suspect Hiding in Woods

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PSL Police Drone Operator Juliano Faleiros located the suspect in a wooded area.

Port St. Lucie - Sunday April 24, 2022: With the help of a police drone, and the K9 Unit, Port St. Lucie Police were able to located and arrest 43-year-old Jeremiah Nantz who was wanted on multiple felony charges.

The incident began shortly before 1 am early Sunday morning when PSL Police Officers responded to a reported motorcycle crash.

The motorcycle operator was traveling eastbound on PSL Blvd. Police say he apparently forgot to collapse the kick-stand and that caused him to crash into the curb near SE Wald Street. Police learned that the motorcycle was not registered, and it had a stolen registration sticker on the license plate.

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Police say the motorcycle operator apparently forgot to collapse the kickstand causing the crash.

The motorcycle operator fled the scene. A search was launched, and the PSL Police Drone Operator Juliano Faleiros, along with K9 Officer Michael Bianco and his K9 'Ciro' were called in to help out.

Officer Faleiros recently joined the Drone Unit and this was his first call out operating the drone. He was able to locate Nantz hiding in a wooded lot and directed Officers to the location where Nantz was apprehended.

View the drone footage taken by Officer Faleiros on the PSL Police Facebook page here > https://fb.watch/cCJ9-qc39S/

Nantz's driver's license was suspended and it had no motorcycle endorsement. Officers also found him in possession of crack pipes and prescription medication that he did not have a prescription for. In addition PSL police say that Nantz was also wanted for an incident that occurred 6 hours earlier where he entered a house, shoved one person and then proceeded to pour bleach over the personal belongings of another person causing $3,000 in damage to cloths and a phone.

Due to injuries sustained from the motorcycle crash, Nantz was taken to a local hospital for medical attention. He was then transported to jail on multiple charges including battery, burglary, criminal mischief, possession of a controlled substance without a prescription, possession of drug equipment, failure to register a motor vehicle, driving with a suspended driver’s license, and driving a motorcycle without an endorsement.

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Photo courtesy PSL Police Department
43-year-old Jeremiah Nant