Cuffed fugitives smile with officers after chase

These fugitives might have been a little too happy when their time on the lam came to an end.

Two suspects wanted on multiple felony charges in Florida posed for a photo with deputies from the Volusia County Sheriff’s Office after a car chase as a police helicopter trailed them last Thursday, according to a post on the department’s Facebook page.

“We’re getting a photo with you guys, just so you know,” one deputy told suspects Matthew White and Amber Taynor. “OK? So, look good.”

“Should [we] really smile?” Taynor replied.

Seconds later, Taynor said she was game for the unorthodox snapshot, telling the deputies: “I’ll smile.”

Amber Taynor and Matthew WhiteVolusia County Sheriff’s Office

The cuffed couple was then snapped hamming it up alongside four deputies.

Just minutes earlier, White and Taynor — who had been sought by police on grand theft and other charges since May — were spotted in a stolen car near Interstate 95 and State Road 40. They later ditched the car and tried to run away, but were quickly taken into custody, according to sheriff’s officials.

White, 32, and Taynor, 23, allegedly stole two pressure washers from a Walmart, the Daytona Beach News-Journal reports. White also had several open felony warrants and Taynor had violated her probation, according to the newspaper.

White was charged with grand theft of a motor vehicle, tampering with physical evidence, possession of cocaine, possession of cannabis more than 20 grams, driving with a suspended license, theft and possession of narcotics paraphernalia, sheriff’s officials said. Taynor was charged with possession of heroin and possession of narcotics paraphernalia.

Andrew Gant, a spokesman for the Volusia County Sheriff’s Office, acknowledged that the deputy’s request for a keepsake photograph wasn’t typical.

“The photo — I admit — was unusual and out of the ordinary for us, but it’s not something that’s going to lead to disciplinary action or admonishment,” Gant told The Post.

It’s unclear if deputies knew Taynor had heroin in her possession when she agreed to take the photo, Gant said. Deputies do not usually take pictures with suspects they have just taken into custody, he said.

“These were two people that we had been seeking for quite some time, and it was a noteworthy arrest for the deputies, so they decided to take a picture,” Gant said. “It wasn’t something that we asked for, but to my knowledge, there’s been no admonishment or discipline for the deputy.”

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