September 1, 2014

Accident leads to auto theft, other charges

The suspect in a reckless driving report was arrested after he crashed the stolen vehicle he was driving into a boat on Stock Island.

24 year old Daryl Burgess of Stock Island now faces charges by the Sheriff’s Office and Key West Police.

On August 30th at 5:37 a.m., dispatchers received a report of a white Jeep Cherokee driving on Maloney Avenue swerving, with no headlights on. Deputy John Gabay was in the vicinity and spotted the vehicle exiting Ocean Spray Trailer Park. He pulled up next to the Jeep and shined his spotlight inside. The white male driver looked at the deputy, then took off, heading back up Maloney Avenue toward the highway.

Deputy Gabay turned on his lights and siren in an attempt to stop the Jeep, which sped up and made a left on 4th Avenue. It swerved several times, then swerved again to avoid a collision with a garbage truck. The Jeep then lost control, running across lanes of traffic and hitting a boat parked on a trailer beside the road.

Burgess was injured in the accident and was taken to the hospital. A check on the vehicle’s license tag revealed the vehicle did not belong to Burgess. In addition, Burgess’ license had been suspended in 2006 for a DUI arrest.

Deputy Matt Dowling responded to the hospital to continue an investigation there. He searched Burgess’ pockets to make sure he had no weapons he could injure anyone with. In his pockets Burgess had a camera, a pink Ipod and an insurance card not in his name. The insurance card belonged to a woman who lives on Fogarty Avenue in the city of Key West.

Deputy Dowling later met with Key West Police at the Fogarty Avenue address. KWPD investigations reportedly revealed the camera and Ipod were stolen from a Honda Accord parked at that address.

Burgess was airlifted to a Miami hospital the night of the accident  for treatment of possible internal injuries, but was released from the hospital the next day. He was charged by the Monroe County Sheriff’s Office with reckless driving with damage to property, fleeing and eluding police and with driving with his license suspended. He also faces multiple charges by Key West Police.

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