A boat chase near Bullfrog Bank ended with two Miami men arrested shortly before sunset Thursday, the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission reported.
Nelson Martinez Almeida, 32, and Rudivaldo Mojena, 34, were booked into the Monroe County Detention Center on a felony count of tampering with evidence after officers said they tossed lobster off their speeding boat while FWC officers gave chase with their patrol boat's lights and sirens going.
Officers Andy Cox and A. Garrison said they approached the men's center-console boat after seeing it slow near a lobster-trap buoy at the gulfside bank. The boat raced away after the men aboard spotted the FWC boat approaching, says an FWC account.
Mojena, the passenger, reportedly emptied two bins over the side during the chase. Several lobster could be seen spilling out of one, officers said.
Martinez Almeida, the operator, additionally was charged with using a boat to flee from
officers, a felony. Both men also were charged with resisting arrest through obstruction, a misdemeanor.
When the suspects stopped their boat, the officers reported finding a lobster antenna in a
bin and seeing "trap mud" splattered on the boat and men.