KEY WEST (CBSMiami) – A Keys man was arrested and is facing several charges after police say he crashed a stolen vehicle he was driving into a boat over the weekend.

Daryl Burgess, of Stock Island, is facing charges several charges by the Sheriff’s Office and Key West Police.

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According to Monroe County Sheriff’s Office, on August 30 around 5:30 am, dispatchers received a report of a white Jeep Cherokee swerving with no headlights on.

A deputy in the area spotted the SUV exiting Ocean Spray Trailer Park. When the deputy pulled up next the car and shined his spotlight inside, police say he took off, heading up Maloney Avenue toward the highway.

Burgess, 24, sped up when the deputy turned on his lights to try to stop the Jeep, according to police.

The car, police say, swerved several times then, when it went to swerve again to avoid a collision with a garbage truck, the car lost control running across lanes of traffic—hitting a boat parked on a trailer.

Burgess was injured and was taken to the hospital.

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When police checked the Jeep’s license tag, it became apparent that the vehicle did not belong to Burgess. Also, Burgess’s license had been suspended in 2006 for a DUI arrest.

At the hospital, when checking Burgess’s pockets to make sure he had no weapons, another responding deputy found a camera, an iPod and an insurance card that belonged to a woman who lives in Key West.

Key West Police confirmed that the camera and iPod were both stolen from a car parked at the woman’s Key West address.

Burgess was airlifted to a Miami hospital the night of the accident but was released from the hospital the next day.

MCSO charged Burgess with reckless driving with damage to property, fleeing and eluding police and driving with a suspended license. Burgess is also facing charges on behalf of Key West Police.


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