He has a neck tattoo that reads “full throttle, no brakes,” but police say he doesn’t appear to be a good driver.
Officers in Polk County, Florida, responded to a neighborhood around 3:30 a.m. Monday on a report of a man and woman trying to break into vehicles. An officer spotted the suspect’s car, a white 2006 Cadillac CTS, and attempted to stop it, but the driver did not stop. The driver, later identified as Timothy Allen Hogue, 37, then sped past another officer but realized he had missed the only exit into the neighborhood.
The officer had blocked off part of the street, and as Hogue tried to drive around the patrol car, he crashed into a parked vehicle The Polk County Sheriff’s Office said. According to a probable cause arrest affidavit reviewed by Law&Crime, Hogue was traveling at speeds in excess of 80 miles per hour. Officers took both Hogue and his accomplice, identified as 31-year-old Rebecca Kozub, into custody. Hogue suffered multiple cuts to his head and face, while Kozub suffered a broken leg.
The crash is captured on video.
The affidavit states the suspects broke into at least four vehicles and stole two purses and a pair of sunglasses. Investigators recovered the stolen items in the suspect’s car, along with 0.22 grams of methamphetamine and 2.55 grams of marijuana. Hogue admitted to the break-ins and said it was Kozub’s idea, officials said. He also admitted trying to break into two other vehicles, including one that set off a car alarm. The homeowner saw what was happening and called 911.
Hogue faces charges of burglary of an unoccupied conveyance with trespassing, petty theft, escape, conspiracy to commit burglary and drug possession. Charges against Kozub are pending. Both were taken to hospital for treatment, where Kozub remains. Hogue is now in the Polk County Jail.
“Fleeing from a law enforcement traffic stop shows very poor decision making, but doing so at high speeds in a small residential neighborhood is a terrible idea and dangerous,” Sheriff Grady Judd said in a statement. “It is amazing and fortunate that no innocent people were injured or killed. They could have very easily crashed into a house. It should come as no surprise that the driver has a tattoo on his neck that reads: “Full throttle, no brakes.”
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