A 21-year-old Florida motorcyclist was arrested Sunday after striking a Deputy and reaching speeds of 150 mph in the Upper Keys.
Christopher Johann Petersen of Cutler Bay, Florida, was charged with fleeing and eluding, aggravated battery with a deadly weapon, hit and run, operating a motorcycle without a motorcycle endorsement, and criminal mischief.
The Sheriff’s Office attempted to stop two speeding motorcycles northbound on U.S. 1 near Mile Marker 82 at approximately 11:15 a.m. One stopped, and the other, driven by Petersen, took off. Several Deputies subsequently observed Petersen but did not attempt to pursue him for safety reasons.
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Petersen continued northbound on County Road 905 at Mile Marker 106.
Deputies clocked the man traveling approximately 150 mph at that time. Petersen eventually turned around and drove southbound back to the three-way stop on County Road 905 where he struck a Deputy who was out of his vehicle and attempting to flag Petersen down.
The Deputy was not seriously injured, investigators say.
Petersen continued southbound back to Mile Marker 106 where he crashed.
Deputies say Petersen was taken to Mariners Hospital with minor injuries. He confessed to fleeing and speeding away when he saw law enforcement.
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