September 3, 2012

Key West man charged with reckless driving, fleeing police

Stock Island – A Key West man is in jail, charged with fleeing from deputies and driving recklessly.

Deputy John Gabay was in his patrol car on the southbound shoulder of the road at the 6 mile marker at 1 a.m. today. He saw in his rearview mirror a vehicle approaching at a high rate of speed. As the vehicle passed, Deputy Gabay used his radar and measured the speed at 97 mile per hour in a 55 mile per hour zone.

He turned on his lights and siren to pull the vehicle over. The driver, later identified as 23 year old Leo Haney, Jr,. turned the vehicle’s headlights off, sped up, and turned left on 3rd Street, Stock Island.

Deputy Gabay followed as the vehicle turned right on MacDonald Avenue, left on 5th Street, left on 3rd Avenue, right on 3rd Street and then pulled into the parking lot of Stock Island apartments. Haney jumped out of the vehicle and ran, leaving is girlfriend sitting in the passenger seat of the car.

Deputy Gabay ran after him, yelling for him to stop. Haney finally put his hands up and stopped. He was handcuffed and taken into custody.

When Deputy Gabay asked him why he fled, Haney admitted he did not have a license. A check on his name revealed the license had been suspended for five years because Haney was judged to be a habitual traffic offender.

Both Haney and his girlfriend told Deputy Gabay she had nothing to do with the incident and, in fact, had told him to stop multiple times.

Haney was charged with fleeing and eluding, reckless driving, resisting arrest and operating a vehicle while suspended as a habitual traffic offender.

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