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High-Speed Chase Through Three Counties Ends With Men Hiding in Tree

A high-speed chase that reached up to 100 mph and covered three counties ended with two men up a tree.

According to multiple reports, U.S. marshals were following a Boynton Beach man who was wanted on charges of aggravated assault with a firearm after allegedly shooting at his girlfriend. He was also wanted for possession of ammunition and a firearm by a felon.

The man, 23-year-old James Frederick, and another man were spotted by authorities in West Palm Beach on Tuesday afternoon. Frederick drove onto I-95 northbound, and authorities gave chase. 

Frederick took cops up I-95 north from Palm Beach County into St. Lucie County, with speeds of up to 100 mph, according to WPBF.

Frederick eventually pulled off the highway at the Orange Avenue exit and headed to Avenue N. There, he and the other man ditched the car in someone's front yard on North 39th Street and took off on foot.

With the help of St. Lucie County Sheriff's Office deputies, marshals were then able to set up a perimeter in the area and searched for the two men. At first, authorities had no luck in tracking them down. 

But seeing the perimeter and choppers in the area, Frederick's accomplice called 911 and told the dispatcher they wanted to surrender.

"One of them actually called 911 and said they want to come out and surrender, and that's exactly what they did," said St. Lucie County Sheriff Ken Mascara.

Officers found the men hiding in a tree in a wooded area.

The two men were taken into custody, though the second man was not charged. He was treated for dehydration and then released since there was no warrant out for him. 

According to U.S. marshal Assistant Chief Mani Puri, Frederick was also wanted for questioning in a separate homicide investigation.
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Chris Joseph
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