Fleeing driver arrested after crash

A 19-year-old Boca Raton, Florida man was arrested Sunday for hit-and-run and multiple other charges after fleeing from the Sheriff’s Office on U.S. 1 in the Upper Keys.

Maxwell Daniel Burgan was charged with DUI, DUI causing property damage, fleeing-and-eluding, reckless driving, leaving the scene of a crash, and possession of a fake ID.

Burgan was observed speeding through a construction zone in a Chevrolet pickup truck northbound near Mile Marker 84 at approximately 12:21 a.m. Burgan fled from the Sheriff’s Office while continuing to speed — driving recklessly in wrong lanes and swerving through traffic. He struck another vehicle but did not stop.

The pickup truck’s tires were successfully spike near Mile Marker 89, but Burgan did not stop — driving on two rims. Burgan continued to drive recklessly through a construction zone at Mile Markers 97-99. The pickup truck’s remaining two tires were successfully spiked near Mile Marker 99 whereupon Burgan crashed into two separate vehicles as well as trees in a median before coming to a stop. None of the other drivers or passengers suffered serious injuries. Burgan was taken to Mariners Hospital prior to jail for injuries to his arm.

Burgan admitted to drinking prior to the incident and fleeing from the Sheriff’s Office.


Two men caught with illegal fish

Lower Keys Deputy Jacob Ladd conducted resource checks Saturday and found two anglers in violation:

  • Pedro Acosta Lopez, 53, of Miami, Florida, was given a mandatory notice to appear in court citation for possession of over-the-limit mangrove snapper while fishing at approximately 4 a.m. near the Spanish Harbor Bridge.
  • Andrew Jackson Ivory, 62, of West Palm Beach, Florida, wastaken to jailfor possession of a goliath grouper, and over-the-limit mangrove snapper, while fishing near the No Name Key bridge at approximately 7:30 p.m.

For information on wildlife regulations go to  www.myfwc.com

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