October 3, 2016

Miami man charged with driving recklessly

A Miami man was arrested Saturday night after a deputy saw him driving recklessly, passing vehicles on the shoulder of the roadway in Islamorada.

Deputy Annette Simo was on patrol at 10:45 p.m. at the 83 mile marker when she saw a dark colored pickup truck speeding and passing a number of vehicles on the northbound shoulder of the roadway. When she got behind the truck and turned on her lights and siren, the truck failed to stop. It finally stopped at the 85 mile marker.

The driver was identified as 28 year old James Hogan. As she conducted the traffic stop, he failed to comply with a number of orders given to him. She called for backup and, while she was waiting, she noticed he had a large amount of blood on his person, including on his face, hands and shirt. At first he denied having any blood on him; then he admitted to getting into a fight with his cousin.

As Deputy Simo was writing citations for Hogan, Deputy Caridad Calloway and an FHP Trooper watched Hogan. At one point, he rolled up his windows and locked both the doors of his truck, refusing to unlock the doors. He then began to reach for a backpack that was in the car. The officers ordered him to unlock the doors and to stop reaching for the backpack. He refused to comply. When Deputy Calloway reached through a partially open window to unlock the door, he rolled the window up on her arm.

Another deputy went to Long Key State Park to check on Hogan’s cousin, who he said he’d been in a fight with. Although the cousin had multiple wounds, including a number of bite marks, he refused to press charges.

Hogan finally unlocked the truck and was removed from his vehicle and was handcuffed. As he was being taken into custody, Hogan fought with deputies. Once he was in the back of a patrol car, he tried to bite Sgt. Yunior Galvez.


Hogan was charged with reckless driving, battery on a law enforcement officer, resisting arrest with violence and resisting arrest without violence. He was booked into jail.

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