Deputy Pedro Garcia was on another traffic stop at 7:30 p.m. at the 93 mile marker with Deputy Vaughn O’Keefe when a Honda Civic with two men inside passed him with a loud exhaust. Deputy Garcia followed the vehicle, attempting to stop it. Instead of stopping it sped up, fleeing from him at a high rate of speed. The deputy ran the tag, which came back stolen from Miami.
The fleeing vehicle lost control and crashed into a business – Port Engineers near the 102 mile marker of the highway. The two suspects fled from the car on foot.
Deputies responded to the area of the crash. As they were setting up a perimeter and beginning to search, they were approached by a citizen who said two men were hiding behind a van parked nearby. The suspects were found behind the van and were taken into custody.
24 year old Luis Hernandez of Homestead and 27 year old Reyes Cabezas of Hialeah were booked into jail and face multiple charges. A felony amount of marijuana and various items of drug paraphernalia were found in a bag on the ground behind the Honda Civic. A large amount of cash in small bills was found in Cabeza’s pocket. The car showed signs that the ignition and steering column had been tampered with as it was being stolen. Tools that could perform that task were found in the bag as well.
Hernandez was charged with vehicle theft, fleeing and eluding police, driving with his license suspended, possession of burglary tools, possession of marijuana and drug paraphernalia. Cabezas was charged with fleeing and eluding police, possession of marijuana and drug paraphernalia. Both were booked into jail. The Florida Highway Patrol investigated the vehicle accident.