Florida Keys

Top cop gives chase to speeding Miami-Dade motorcyclist

Sheriff Rick Ramsay
Sheriff Rick Ramsay

The sheriff for the Florida Keys got into some street action over the weekend when a motorcyclist from Miami-Dade whizzed by him.

Monroe County Sheriff Rick Ramsay, who spotted the rider doing more than 70 in a 45 mph zone Saturday afternoon on Big Coppitt Key, hit the lights and siren on his unmarked car and gave chase.

“But the motorcycle refused to stop and, in fact, accelerated away from him,” sheriff’s spokeswoman Becky Herrin said in a statement.

Ramsay then called for backup and the rider pulled over at mile marker 9.

Julio Mendoza, 32, of West Miami-Dade told deputies “he was trying to get far enough ahead of his friends to video them with his Go-Pro video camera,” Herrin said.

Mendoza was charged with reckless driving, improper passing and failure to obey a traffic device, and was booked into Monroe County Jail.

Ramsay began his Keys sheriff’s office career in 1987 as a road patrol deputy. He was elected sheriff in 2012.