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Florida fugitive killed woman in 140-mph Maserati wreck, cops say. Now, he’s in Ireland.

Samuel Joseph Tucker, 23, a fugitive in the high-speed Maserati crash that killed his girlfriend in 2017, was arrested this week in Ireland.
Samuel Joseph Tucker, 23, a fugitive in the high-speed Maserati crash that killed his girlfriend in 2017, was arrested this week in Ireland. - Facebook

A Florida fugitive suspected of killing a woman in a high-speed Maserati crash has been captured in Ireland.

Samuel Joseph Tucker, 23, appeared in a Dublin court on Tuesday, his first stop before possible extradition to the United States.

Tucker is wanted for DUI manslaughter in Highlands County, about 160 miles northwest of Miami.

State troopers say Tucker was drunk when he crashed his Maserati Ghibli into a power pole and chain-link fence on June 24, 2017, at about 3:30 a.m., flipping the car four times. Authorities say he was driving at a staggering 140 miles per hour when the car flew off the road, hitting the pole about 200 feet away.

The Maserati’s passenger, 22-year-old Alyssa Kay Vice, was killed in the wreck.

His blood-alcohol level at the hospital was more than double the legal limit, according to the Florida Highway Patrol.

Tucker, of Lorida, Florida, fled the country for Ireland before he could stand trial. Authorities have not said why Tucker escaped to Ireland.

He faces a minimum mandatory sentence of four years in Florida state prison if convicted of DUI manslaughter.

Tucker was arrested on Monday night at a home in the town of Mayfield, about a two-hour drive from Dublin, a police detective testified in an Irish court. Detective sergeant Anthony Keane testified that Tucker acknowledged being the fugitive from Florida.

The fugitive is being held in an Irish jail. Unlike in Florida courts, Tucker did not appear in handcuffs and a jail jumpsuit. Instead, he wore a dark blue button-down shirt. He did not speak during the brief hearing.

For now, Tucker will remain jailed until an extradition hearing on Sept. 12.

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