Brevard County Man Arrested For DUI, Leads Officers on Police Chase Along SR-520
By Wayne Ivey, Brevard Sheriff // October 16, 2023
Message from Sheriff Wayne Ivey
BREVARD COUNTY, FLORIDA – As a kid growing up my Dad would always tell me “if you are going to be dumb, you better be tough.”
While even as a young man I was able to comprehend the reality of that statement, apparently some people just don’t get it.
You know, people like Steven Lee Hann who not only was dumb enough to drive under the influence in Brevard County, but also dumb enough to run from our Deputies, which as everyone knows never ends well for the criminal.
Hann’s issues started after Deputy Terry Adams conducted a traffic stop for numerous moving violations on Hann’s 2021 Kia Forte.
Hann initially stopped his vehicle near the intersection of SR A1A and E Cocoa Beach Causeway and as Deputy Adams initially made contact, he could smell alcohol while also observing several signs of impairment.
Now when I say Hann was impaired, what I really mean is that he was “messed up like a football bat!”
In fact, he was so messed up that when Deputy Adams asked for his driver’s license, Hann handed him a pair of scissors and then admitted to consuming alcohol earlier in the evening. Really, a pair of scissors?
Now here is where Hann made the decision to highlight just how dumb he really is as while Deputy Adams was conducting his investigation, Hann fled from the scene down SR 520 through Merritt Island and into Cocoa.
Apparently, Hann never got the memo that we don’t play that crap here in Brevard County and fleeing from us usually ends up with your car getting pitted and a German Shepherd biting into one or more of your body parts.
Well unfortunately for Hann that is exactly what happened as even though Deputies attempted to get him to stop by utilizing their blue lights and siren, he continued to flee putting others live’s at risk until K-9 Deputy Kenrick Walters performed a PIT maneuver on his vehicle and ultimately popped all four of his tires.
Now I believe in giving credit where credit is do, so Hann was at least committed to his cause as even after being pitted he was able to continue driving and then purposely crashed into the vehicle of a Cocoa Police Officer who was assisting in the pursuit.
With Hann’s vehicle now fully disabled he continued refusing to comply with the Deputies commands so K-9 Kovu said “I have had enough of this crap” and then jumped through the window and sampled Hann’s head to see if it tastes like chicken.
Hann also got a good dose of “pepper spray, a few rides on the lightning train, and K-9 Kovo decided to give him a second bite just to make sure he learned what happens if you run from the Brevard County Sheriff’s Office.
At the time he was taken into custody Hann was in possession of a backpack that contained Buprenorphine, a prescription drug that he does not have a prescription for!! He also after being read his rights admitted to drinking alcohol, smoking marijuana, and ingesting cocaine earlier in the day.
Hann was subsequently transported to “Ivey’s Iron Bar Lodge” on a “No Bond” status for Aggravated Battery on a Law Enforcement Officer, Fleeing and Eluding with Disregard of Safety to Persons or Property, Possession of Controlled Substance – Buprenorphine, DUI With Property Damage, and Resisting Officer without Violence.
As a guest at the “Iron Bar Lodge” Hann was booked in one of our spacious suites that includes a one time wardrobe fitting, a pair of broken in shower slides, a not so private bath, open family style dining area, limited access pass to the rec yard, and a complimentary soap on the rope set that includes various colored luffas.
Here is the moral of the story folks, don’t drive under the influence, for goodness sakes don’t drive under the influence in Brevard County, don’t run from BCSO Deputies, don’t put your head in our dog’s mouth, and don’t be dumb.
– Sheriff Wayne Ivey