February 9, 2009

Man gets 50 traffic tickets after chase

Police in Florida said a man was issued 50 traffic citations after he led officers from two cities in a chase that ended when he crashed his SUV.

Authorities said Elvis Alonzo Barrett, 46, whose driver's license has been revoked six times and suspended 28 times, refused to pull over in Boynton Beach when a police officer attempted to stop him and led police in the city and in nearly Delray Beach on a chase that included driving the wrong way on an Interstate 95 ramp before crashing into another car at an intersection and losing control of his vehicle, the South Florida Sun-Sentinel reported Monday.

Barrett's car overturned and came to rest after striking a fence, police said.

Boynton Beach police said Barrett was charged with fleeing and eluding, reckless driving, felony habitual, possession of cocaine, possession of paraphernalia and leaving the scene of a crash involving damage after Thursday's incident. He also received 50 traffic citations for alleged offenses including speeding, running red lights, improper change of lanes, being a habitual traffic offender, fleeing and eluding and not wearing a seat belt.

Barrett could face additional charges from Delray Beach police, authorities said.