Palm Bay Traffic Stop Turns Into Water Rescue
By Space Coast Daily // May 21, 2014
Hugh Kelly Flees From Traffic Stop, Palm Bay Police Fish Him Out of Indian River
BREVARD COUNTY • PALM BAY, FLORIDA — A routine traffic stop for speeding on U.S. Highway 1 ended up in a water rescue when the suspect fled from officers this morning about 8:40 a.m., according to the Palm Bay Police Department.
Palm Bay Police Officer Randy Truitt was conducting traffic enforcement in the area of Bay Boulevard when he clocked a Chevy SUV driven by Hugh Kelly, 33, traveling 64 miles per hour in a posted 50 per hour zone.
When the Kelley stopped, he immediately got out of the vehicle, fled on foot, and jumped into the bay and started swimming.
Officers immediately set up along the riverbanks while additional officers found a citizen in a boat at the Palm Bay Marina.
According to the Palm Bay police, the citizen offered the officers a ride, who then pursued the suspect who had swam nearly one mile, and was already in the channel when officers located him.
“He was exhausted and was about to go under when our officers got to him,” said Sgt. Steve Shytle. “At that point he surrendered.”
An investigation revealed Kelly was on probation for traffic offenses. There was also a warrant for his arrest for driving while license suspended.
Cpl. Greg Leonard and Officer Andres Nunez pulled the suspect out of the water and into the boat. The suspect was later taken to the hospital for medical clearance. Further investigation revealed Kelly was on probation for traffic offenses. There was also a warrant for his arrest for driving while license suspended.
According to the Palm Bay police, Kelly is considered a habitual traffic offender. He now faces charges of fleeing, violation of probation, habitual traffic offender driving with a suspended license, drug paraphernalia and a speeding ticket for $209.
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