'Moderate-speed' pursuit lands man behind bars

November 9, 2013 

What the Monroe County Sheriff's Office described as a "moderate-speed" pursuit with a vehicle whose driver refused to stop for deputies in the Upper Keys came to end around noon Friday, about an hour after it started.

The driver, 19-year-old Tyler Seeger from Tampa, faces numerous charges, Deputy Becky Herrin said, though specifics weren't available as of late Friday and hadn't described the vehicle Seeger was driving.

But the agency did say the pursuit started around mile marker 81 southbound of U.S. 1 and ended around mile marker 63.

The driver, whom the agency says was Seeger, was seen by deputies and multiple passers-by "waving to cars as he passed them." His speed remained between 40 and 60 mph during the entire drive -- although he reportedly ran numerous vehicles off the road driving south in northbound lanes of traffic and passing in "dangerous areas."

Seeger stopped before hitting one of the Sheriff's Office's Stinger Spike strips, which are basically chains with tire-puncturing spikes. Deputies crossed U.S. 1 with one at the south end of the Long Key Bridge, Herrin said, and Seeger was "taken into custody on multiple charges" before he ran it over.

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