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Polk-Highlands car chase on U.S. 27 ends at Sebring home

AVON PARK -A pursuit of a stolen vehicle Tuesday morning led authorities through a car chase on U.S. 27, from Polk County through Highlands, ending in the Sebring Hills area, authorities said.

Polk County deputies were pursuing Zachary Aldridge, 29, when he drove into Highlands County, a news release from the Highlands County Sheriff's Office states.

Highlands County deputies followed the vehicle but Aldridge did not stop.

The pursuit eventually ended in the Sebring Hills area, where Aldridge fled the vehicle and entered a home at 325 Swift Ave., the news release adds. It's unclear at this time if Aldridge knew the homeowner, Highlands County Sheriff's Office spokeswoman Nell Hays said.

After several attempts to get him to come out, Deputy Steve Worley and his K-9 partner, Ozzie, went in, authorities said, and Aldridge surrendered and came out from his hiding place in a closet.

He was taken into custody without incident or injuries and will be charged in Highlands County with fleeing and eluding law enforcement and several traffic infractions, the news release adds. More charges may be forthcoming.