WHEN: Thursday, June 26, 2008
WHERE: Collier and Broward counties
ARRESTED: Adrian Hardy, 24, of Fort Lauderdale
CHARGES: Burglary of a conveyance (two counts), grand theft (two counts) and and aggravated fleeing and eluding
ARRESTED: Jerry Simmons, 26, of Fort Lauderdale
CHARGES: Burglary of a conveyance (two counts) and grand theft (two counts)
SUMMARY: Hardy and Simmons are charged in connection with two car break-ins in North Naples and then leading CCSO deputies on a high-speed pursuit along Alligator Alley that ended in Broward County.
CCSO reports gave this account:
Deputies responded to a report of two car break-ins at North Naples Regional Park, 1500 Livingston Road, around 6:20 p.m. Thursday. The burglars drove off in a blue Toyota Camry, reports said.
Deputies spotted a Camry matching the description of the car in the park break-ins on I-75 near the 98 mile marker in Golden Gate. Deputies pulled the Camry over and as they walked toward the car, the driver, Hardy, sped off.
Deputies engaged in a pursuit of the Camry along the Alley, with speeds reaching 130 mph. Deputies ended their pursuit at the 25 mile marker in Broward County.
Florida Highway Patrol troopers continued the pursuit, which ended when Hardy stopped the car outside a residence in Fort Lauderdale. Hardy and his passenger, Simmons, ran out of the car.
Both men were later apprehended and booked into the Broward County jail, where CCSO deputies charged them.
FHP troopers filed an additional charge of aggravated fleeing and eluding against Hardy and served him with two active warrants out of Georgia for robbery, reports said.
Simmons is currently on state probation for robbery, reports said.