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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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  • FYI, I believe to be charged with (resisting arrest with violence) an officer must sustain an injury.

    Thursday, 23 June 2016, 2:02 am
  • sounds like he needs a solid dose of community service. This county needs plenty of attention. He seems to of volunteered. Instead of jail being what it is, we need to make use of the ambitious people with plenty of energy like this young man.

    Wednesday, 22 June 2016, 8:52 pm
  • To bad the k9 didn’t bite his butt.

    Wednesday, 22 June 2016, 5:28 pm

    Wednesday, 22 June 2016, 5:26 pm
  • Please out this dirt bag out of his misery and we will all be better off because releasing his down the road will only cause more problems so what’s the point.

    Wednesday, 22 June 2016, 4:30 pm
  • How does a transient have a Spring Hill address?

    Wednesday, 22 June 2016, 3:16 pm
    • Exactly. It’s a contradiction. RNRF does this all the time. They don’t care about details. He’ll just post another correction or blame someone else.

      Wednesday, 22 June 2016, 5:43 pm
  • OK, so how does a transient own a car because there was no mention that the vehicle was stolen? Usually they ride bicycles. Resisting without violence? Wasn’t driving at high speed considered violence. He could have jeopardized other lives with his violent erratic driving. Betting he also had no insurance as well. Great job FHP.

    Wednesday, 22 June 2016, 2:09 pm
  • you put so many lives in danger… shame on you… thank you to our first responders for getting this child off the streets… I wonder how long it will take mommy and daddy to bail him out and try to take responsibility for his actions… ughhhh… Father forgive me for my rant of anger… let me pray for all involved…

    Wednesday, 22 June 2016, 11:26 am

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