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A man wanted on charges in Alachua County who was hiding in Gilchrist County may have eluded a six-hour manhunt on Wednesday, but he was eventually caught when a friend tried giving him a ride into Levy County, according to a Levy County Sheriff's Office press release.
Steven Allen Ross, 21, of Newberry, was sought by the North Florida Violent Fugitive Task Force, United States Marshal Service and Levy County Sheriff's Office on burglary and theft charges. He also has a history of escape in Columbia County.
Officers learned Ross was hiding in Trenton and had said he would not be taken alive. As they closed in Ross escaped out the back door of the house where he was staying and ran into a heavily wooded area.
The manhunt continued in the area by air and on foot for 6 hours when officers learned that Spencer Colson, 27, had been contacted to pick up Ross at a pre-determined destination.
Colson travelled from Newberry to Gilchrist County and was bringing Ross into Levy County when the two were spotted iby Levy Sheriff's Deputy Burt Miller. Miller attenpted to stop the Dodge Durango Colson was driving but Colson did not stop. The officers formed a rolling road block and forced Colson to stop.
Colson was arrested for felony fleeing and attempting to elude a police officer and obstruction of justice. Ross was arrested on the Alachua County warrant. His bond is $10,000.