Motorcycles can go fast but not faster than a radio call.
Alejandro E. Rodriguez, 28, of Miami was arrested late Monday on a felony count of fleeing from law-enforcement officers following the pursuit of a motorcycle that reportedly hit speeds of more than 100 mph through Islamorada.
Two Monroe County sheriff’s deputies, six miles apart, spotted the motorcycle speeding south on U.S. 1 around 10:30 p.m.
Deputy Eric Viergutz at mile marker 80 and Deputy Mark Martin at marker 74 both turned on their patrol cars’ lights and siren to make a traffic stop, but the motorcyclist opened the throttle and used the center turn lane to pass southbound cars in his escape.
“Due to the danger of continuing to chase the motorcycle,” the officers slowed their pursuit and broadcast a description of the motorcycle, sheriff’s spokeswoman Becky Herrin said.
Detention Deputy Zachery Gilroy, traveling in a prisoner-transport vehicle, heard the report “and saw the same motorcycle turn off the highway into the Fiesta Key RV Resort at the 70 mile marker,” Herrin said.
Deputies Seth Hopp and Joshua Baer, helped by a campground security guard, found Rodriguez and took him into custody. Rodriguez was released from the Plantation Key jail Tuesday afternoon.
Kevin Wadlow: 305-440-3206