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Jacksonville Man Who Led Police On High-Speed Chase Pleads Guilty To Escaping From Federal Custody

For Immediate Release
U.S. Attorney's Office, Middle District of Florida

Jacksonville, Florida –United States Attorney Roger B. Handberg announces that Michael A. Crider (43, Jacksonville) has pleaded guilty to escape from custody.  Crider faces a maximum penalty of five years in federal prison. A sentencing date has not yet been set.

According to court documents, in 2018, Crider was adjudicated guilty and sentenced to 80 months in federal prison for possessing a firearm as a convicted felon. In January 2023, while Crider was completing that prison term, the Bureau of Prisons transferred him into the custody of Bridges Federal Reintegration Centers – Jacksonville, a residential reentry center or halfway house. While in custody there, he was subject to drug testing, and on the evening of April 11, 2023, he was provided a copy of an incident report documenting a recent positive test for cocaine. Later, around midnight, a halfway house staff member noticed that Crider was not in his assigned dormitory. Searching the facility, the staff could not find him.

A month later, on May 13, 2023, at approximately 6:00 a.m., in St. Augustine, Florida, a police officer observed a minivan, which Crider was driving, traveling at over 100 mph, running red traffic lights, and weaving in and out of traffic. The officer attempted to conduct a traffic stop, but Crider refused to pull over, and a chase ensued. Crider eventually crashed the minivan and was arrested.

At the crash scene, the police officer smelled marijuana coming from the minivan. Crider initially refused to identify himself, but eventually stated that he knew that there was a warrant for his arrest. In the backseat of the minivan, police found a backpack, which contained several documents bearing Crider’s name, a scale, and a dose of Buprenorphine 8mg, a synthetic opioid and Schedule III controlled substance.

This case was investigated by the U.S. Marshals Service and the Saint Johns County Sheriff’s Office. It is being prosecuted by Assistant United States Attorney Michael J. Coolican. 

Updated February 1, 2024