SUV-FHP High-speed Chase on U.S. Ends With Crash in the Florida Keys

Police in Florida led an SUV driver on a high-speed chase on U.S. 1 in the Florida Keys on Sunday morning. The chase went for at least 30 miles. In the end, the car crashed into a work zone, just a few miles ahead of where racers were going to compete.

Officers deployed spikes on the highway to deflate the SUV’s tires, which rendered the driver’s vehicle inoperable, according to Monroe County Sheriff’s Office spokesman Adam Linhardt. One person is being held.

Around 8 a.m., the chase started in Marathon, which is in the Middle Keys. Witnesses say they saw the SUV speeding north on U.S. 1 and even driving into oncoming traffic to get away from troopers who were after it. The FHP has not replied to requests for more information about the incident.

Roger George was one of the witnesses. He showed video from a camera in his work van that showed the SUV quickly passing his car and an FHP police car coming right after it. He said that both cars were in the southbound lanes for a short time before going back to the northbound lanes.

Witnesses say the SUV crashed across the highway from Bud N’ Mary’s Marina at mile marker 79 after officers spiked its tires. Chief Terry Abel of Islamorada Fire Rescue said that his teams went to the scene, but they didn’t know how many people were hurt right away. Based on what Abel told the Herald, runners in the race might have been hurt or killed if the chase went any further up U.S. 1.

Abel said, “That person was really lucky that they didn’t hit any of the runners today.”

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