On November 27, 2017, MCSO Property Crimes Detective Jason Hunt located felony warrant subject, John Quincey Stephens at his family member’s home, located at the 700th block of NE 125th Terrace Road. When Stephens saw Detective Hunt, he fled on
foot and then stole his family member’s vehicle. Deputy Brent Castellano found the stolen vehicle Stephens was driving, and initiated a pursuit. Stephens led deputies on a lengthy chase, but he then went back to his family member’s home, where the pursuit started.
Ultimately, Stephens bails from the vehicle and K-9 Deputy Michael Donahue and K-9 “Tipster” apprehended him after a short foot pursuit. Stephens later told deputies that he was “taking a shot” of heroin during the car chase and that he was sorry for what he did
because he was high on drugs. Heroin was found in the car he was driving. Stephens was transported to a local hospital for his injuries as a result of the dog bite and was then transported to the Marion County Jail (Gold Star Hotel). Stephens has been charged with
Fleeing and Eluding LEO with Lights and Sirens Active, Resisting without Violence, Possession of Heroin and Driving While License Suspended or Revoked. Stephens was additionally charged with Aggravated Assault with a Deadly Weapon, Grand Theft Auto
and Resisting an Officer without Violence for a separate incident that occurred earlier this month. He was also served with outstanding Marion County warrants for Grand Theft, Fraud, Grand Theft Auto, and two counts of Burglary of a Conveyance. He remains in the Marion County Jail on no bond. ***The funds to purchase K-9 Tipster were donated by the Crime Stoppers of Marion County. We are proud to have him, and all of our other K-9s, helping us stop crime in its tracks!!