March 14, 2013

Second man arrested for fleeing from officer

A second person involved in a high speed motorcycle chase with deputies in January was arrested Tuesday.

The chase took place January 21st. Deputy Anthony O’Dea was on patrol at the 71 mile marker at 7 p.m. when he saw two motorcycles speeding northbound. He turned on his lights and siren to stop them, but instead they sped up. While the deputy followed, he saw them pass numerous cars in no passing zones, traveling in excess of 75 miles an hour in heavy traffic.

At the 74 mile marker, one of the motorcycles turned off the highway and eventually stopped on Iroquois Drive. At that point, 18 year old Jose Bolivar of Islamorada was placed under arrest. He was charged with fleeing and eluding police, reckless driving and received numerous traffic citations. A notice to be on the lookout for the other motorcycle was issued, but it was not located that night. Bolivar told the deputy the other driver was 20 year old Anthony Hoover of Key Largo.

Bolivar had a video recorder mounted to his helmet which was running at the time of the chase on the highway. The video was collected as evidence and helped to confirm Hoover’s identity, as well as confirming the traffic violations committed by the two men as they sped away from Deputy O’Dea.

A warrant was issued for Hoover’s arrest. He was booked into jail on Tuesday, charged with fleeing and eluding a law enforcement officer and reckless driving.

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