Driver arrested after high speed pursuit

A deputy from the Monroe County Sheriff’s Office arrested a driver following a high speed pursuit when he failed to yield during a traffic stop ,Tuesday around 11:56 p.m. Scanner traffic indicated the driver traveled at speeds of up to 95 miles per hour, and did a donut on the lawn of a residence.

A sheriff’s deputy had attempted to stop a silver 2007 Mazda going 60 in a 30 zone in the area of S. Rogers and Country Club, according to Monroe County Sheriff’s Office Capt. Ryan Davis. The pursuit went south on Rockport Rd., and into the Highlands Housing addition, then proceeded on W. Gordon Pike.  Next, they went north on Rogers where the driver jumped out of the vehicle while it was still in gear and ran a short distance on foot, according to Davis. Scanner traffic indicated that the driver then surrendered to the deputy, and was placed under arrest. Davis said the vehicle did roll forward and collide with a mobile home on Terrace Court, but it caused only slight scuffs on the home.

The driver arrested is Michael D. Fitzgerald, 31, who had an outstanding warrant, and was also charged with reckless endangerment, and reckless driving.

All charges are mere allegations unless and until proven guilty in a court of law.

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