By: Anne Geggis
Jakoi Khalfari Forbes fled from police at Publix, but later, when he couldn’t find his car, came down to the Coral Springs police station in search of it, where he was recognized and arrested.
The April 24 incident began as an argument with his girlfriend at 11:15 a.m. in the supermarket parking lot, at 1160 W. Sample Road and ended up 45 minutes later with him charged with felony battery on a police officer, possession of cocaine with intent to sell, resisting without violence and fleeing police with lights and sirens.
And that was all before noon.
Police were called to the Publix parking lot by a report that Forbes, 27, was arguing with his girlfriend and kicking in her car door, according to the arrest report.
After the police arrived, he fled the parking lot in a gray Toyota Camry, ignoring a Coral Springs police officer parked in the median, who signaled him to stop.
He then headed west in the eastbound lane of Sample Road.
Police tried to stop Forbes a second time at the 3500 block of Northwest 114th Lane, this time with lights and sirens. But Forbes continued north.
Police had given up the chase as Forbes drove “at a high rate of speed” through stop signs at the intersections of Northwest 114th Lane with Northwest 35th Street and Northwest 37th Street.
Several minutes later, they spotted the Toyota Camry parked at 11461 NW 38th St., where the occupants of the home said they wanted it towed.
After the car was towed to police custody, they found 2.18 grams of white powdery substance in several baggies in the trunk of the car.
Not long after that, Forbes arrived at the police station to inquire about where his car was.
After being identified as the driver of the fleeing car, Forbes tried to get away and “willfully threw the door” in the police lobby into another officer, who was also trying to apprehend him.
Forbes got as far as the Fire Station No. 80 before he was arrested.
Court records show he’s also facing charges of reckless driving. He posted $5,100 bail and is being electronically monitored.
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- Anne Geggis has been a newspaper reporter for 30 years, most recently at the Sun Sentinel. She graduated from St. Michael’s College in Colchester, Vt., with a double major in journalism and sociology.
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