October 1, 2015

Marathon man flees from officers, crashes his car

A Marathon man was arrested after he fled from law enforcement, crashing his car in the process.

Deputy Ben Elmore was on patrol at 2:40 a.m. today when he saw a silver Chrysler sedan turn on to the highway at 116th Street and drive north in the southbound lanes. The car then turned onto 117th Street Ocean. The deputy followed, activating his lights and siren in an attempt to pull it over.

The driver, later identified as 30 year old Raymond Martinez, turned onto Aviation Boulevard and stopped briefly, the continued on at a high rate of speed. The deputy stopped his pursuit of the car, but continued in the direction the vehicle fled. He found the car at the end of 6th Avenue and 109th Street Gulf, crashed into a fence, a pole and a tree. Martinez had fled from the vehicle on foot.

More deputies arrived to assist, along with a Florida Highway Patrol Trooper, Key Colony Beach Police Officer Petrick and a Customs and Border Protection officer. Martinez was located in a yard on 109th Street. 

The car, a rental vehicle,  caught fire after the crash, which was investigated by FHP. Martinez was taken to Fishermen’s Hospital to be checked for injuries. He was issued citations for fleeing and eluding police, resisting arrest, leaving the scene of a crash and driving on the wrong side of the road. He is currently hospitalized for his injuries.

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