Man arrested for gun offense during road rage incident

A 22-year-old Tavernier man was arrested Saturday after flashing a handgun at another motorist.

Felix Martinez was charged with improper exhibition of a firearm.

The victim told Deputy Daniel Valdes that a Toyota Tacoma passed him using the shoulder of the 18-Mile Stretch, which kicked up rocks that struck the victim’s vehicle. The victim sped up to the suspect, later identified as Martinez, and words were exchanged. The victim said he pulled up next to the Toyota at a stoplight when the suspect pulled out a handgun.

The victim stated the suspect did not aim the weapon at him. The victim backed away and notified the Sheriff’s Office.

Deputy Dyllon Hansen stopped the Toyota on U.S. 1 at approximately 5:39 p.m. near South Bay Harbor Drive.

A Glock handgun was found in the center console of the Toyota.

Martinez was taken to jail.

Three motorcyclists arrested after fleeing on U.S. 1

Three mainland motorcyclists were arrested after fleeing from Deputies on U.S. 1 Sunday afternoon.

Juan Key Salinas Garcia, 35, of Miami, was charged with fleeing and eluding, reckless driving and operating a motorcycle without an endorsement.

Daniel Rashad Rush, 31, of Coral Springs, was charged with fleeing and eluding, hit and run, operating a motorcycle without an endorsement and having no tag.

Ezekiel Edlien Chery, 19, of Deerfield Beach, was charged with fleeing and eluding and reckless driving.

Sgt. Nick Whiteman first spotted the three suspects on sport motorcycles at approximately 3:12 p.m. heading southbound on U.S. 1 at Mile Marker 86.8. Sgt. Whiteman attempted to perform a traffic stop, but all three accelerated away at a high rate of speed while passing other motorists illegally.

Sgt. Whiteman terminated his pursuit at Mile Marker 84 for safety reasons. A few minutes later another motorist called to report being struck by one of the motorcycles as it continued to speed away.

Deputy Ana Coello spotted the speeding motorcycles at Mile Marker 82, but was unable to safely perform a traffic stop. Deputy Deborah Johnson saw the trio southbound on the Channel Five Bridge, passing in no passing zones. Deputy Johnson’s pursuit was also terminated for safety reasons.

Traffic Enforcement Unit Deputy Shaun Lones found the three motorcyclists just inside the entrance of Duck Key, attempting to hide.

All three were taken to jail.

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