Man arrested after fleeing

A 27-year-old Key West man was arrested after fleeing on U.S. 1 and resisting arrest.

Joseph Ignacio Silva was charged with fleeing and eluding, resisting arrest, battery on a law enforcement officer, and driving with a suspended license.

The Sheriff’s Office attempted to stop a northbound Dodge vehicle with a headlight out at approximately 12:46 a.m. Saturday near Mile Marker 8 when the Dodge sped away, reaching speeds of 90 mph. The Dodge then stopped near Mile Marker 9 after striking a concrete median, which damaged its tires.

Silva, the sole occupant and driver, was ordered out of the vehicle and began tensing and pulling away from Deputies. He kicked one Deputy in the chest and remained combative in the patrol car, banging his head against the partition.

Silva was taken to jail.

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