Polk County car burglaries end in ‘violent’ car crash and arrests

Writer: Rachel Murphy
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Suspects crash into car while attempting to flee from Polk County deputies (CREDIT: Polk County Sheriff’s Office)

A series of car burglaries in Davenport, Polk County, ended in a violent crash with one suspect arrested and another hospitalized.

According to the Polk County Sheriff’s Office, two suspects were seen trying to get into multiple vehicles in the Preservation Point neighborhood on Monday morning.

After the suspect’s white 2006 Cadillac CTS was spotted by a deputy, they tried a traffic stop, but the Cadillac sped away into the neighborhood. The deputy did not pursue due to there being only one way in and out of the subdivision.

While speeding through the streets, the suspects sped past one deputy, turned around and sped back down the same street while trying to find a way out.

The attempt to flee ended abruptly when the Cadillac slammed into a parked and unoccupied vehicle, said the sheriff’s office.

Polk County deputies approaching the car after the crash (CREDIT: Polk County Sheriff’s Office)

Deputies immediately pulled the two suspects out of the disabled Cadillac and called emergency medical services to treat the injured suspects.

“Fleeing from a law enforcement traffic stop demonstrates very poor decision making,” said Polk County Sheriff Grady Judd, “but to do it in a small, residential neighborhood at a high rate of speed is a terrible idea and dangerous. It’s amazing and fortunate that nobody innocent was hurt or killed. They could have very easily crashed into a house.”

The judge then remarked on one of the suspect’s tattoos, “It should not come as a surprise that the driver has a tattoo on his neck that says, ‘All gas, no brakes.'”

The driver was identified as 37-year old Timothy Allen Hogue of Apopka and the passenger as 31-year-old Rebecca Kozub of Ocoee. Both were taken to a local hospital for treatment for their crash-induced injuries.

Hogue has been arrested and charged with:

  • Burglary of an unoccupied conveyance with enhancement of crossing county lines
  • Felony petit theft
  • Fleeing to elude
  • Conspiracy to commit burglary
  • Possession of methamphetamine
  • Possession of marijuana less than 20g
  • Possession of drug paraphernalia
  • Resisting without violence

Kozub remains hospitalized after suffering a fractured leg in the crash, with charges pending.

Hogue has a prior criminal history that consists of 31 felonies and 18 misdemeanors. Kozub has amassed 19 felonies and 20 misdemeanors.

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