June 27, 2013

Man flees from traffic stop

A Marathon man was arrested on multiple charges after he fled from a traffic stop at high rates of speed, crashed his vehicle and fled into the water.

Traffic Enforcement Deputy Tom Hill was on patrol at 7 p.m. when he spotted the red 2006 Chrysler sedan southbound at the 55 mile marker. He had information a vehicle fitting this description might be transporting narcotics into the Keys. He noticed the vehicle was speeding – going 61 miles per hour in a 55 mile per hour zone – and had a decorative license cover that partially obscured the license tag.

He turned on his lights and siren. The vehicle finally pulled over in the parking lot of Napa Auto Parts. Two more deputies arrived as back up for the traffic stop.

As Deputy Hill was checking 34 year old Naeem Jackson’s driver’s license and writing the appropriate citations, Jackson suddenly took off in the vehicle. Deputy Hill pursued him. Jackson reached speeds of 118 miles per hour southbound, running two red lights at 109th and 107th Street. His car hit the median at 73rd Street as he swerved to avoid traffic. He then turned into Key RV Park with Deputy Hill following.

In the RV park, he reached speeds of up to 40 miles per hour through an area where the roads were under construction. He crashed into a parking post by the water, jumped out of the vehicle and into the water.

As Deputy Hill pulled up to the accident scene, he saw Jackson with his hands in the water. He looked as if he were shaking out a bag or bags underwater. After a few minutes of this behavior, with Deputy Hill ordering him to exit the water, Jackson surrendered.

Traces of powdered cocaine were found inside the car when it was processed. Jackson was charged with several counts of speeding, running two red lights, fleeing and eluding police, reckless driving, hit and run, resisting arrest, possession of cocaine and tampering with or destroying evidence. He was booked into jail.

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