Spike Strips Bring Vehicle Pursuit to an End, K9 Captures Suspect
MASARYKTOWN – A transient from Spring Hill is behind bars today, after leading Troopers on a high-speed pursuit through the streets of Brooksville and Masaryktown last night.
According to Steve Gaskins of the Florida Highway Patrol, Troopers attempted to make a traffic stop on a vehicle along Emerson Road but the driver failed to stop. A pursuit ensued, leading Troopers in circles along US-41, Powell Road, and other side street. When the vehicle reached Ayers Road and US-41, Troopers deployed spike strips causing the tires to deflate, but that didn’t stop the driver. According to witnesses, the driver continued on bare rims until reaching the streets of Masaryktown, where he finally ditched the car and fled on foot.
Dozens of Troopers and Sheriff’s Deputies converged in the area and began searching for the suspect. Soon after the search began, a Sheriff’s Office K-9 unit located the suspect hiding nearby and he was taken into custody.
23-year-old Justin Robert Byrd suffered a bite to the hand, according to sources, and was cleared medically before being transported to the Hernando County Jail.
Byrd is charged with Driving Under the Influence, Fleeing and Eluding, Driving without a License, and Resisting without Violence. He remains behind bars on a $5,000 bond.
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