Friday, February 06, 2009

Making Black History: Elvis Alonzo Barrett Refuses Traffic Stop, Leads Cops On Lengthy Chase, Arrested On Over 50 Charges In Boynton Beach, Florida

Another representative of the African-American community celebrated black history month the wrong way. The South Florida Sun-Sentinel reports that a Negro male whose driver's license was revoked six times and suspended 28 times led police in two cities on a pursuit and drove the wrong way on an Interstate 95 ramp before crashing his sport utility vehicle in Boynton Beach. Story also picked up by WFTS Channel 28 in Tampa.

The chimpout began shortly after 7:30 a.m. on Thursday February 5th, 2009 when a Boynton Beach officer tried to stop 46-year-old Elvis Alonzo Barrett on West Boynton Beach Boulevard. Barrett refused to stop and continued south on Congress Avenue into Delray Beach. Officers notified Delray Beach counterparts, who also tried to stop Barrett. With Delray Beach officers following him, Barrett turned around and drove back to Boynton Beach, "recklessly running red lights, cutting across all lanes of travel and failing to yield to other traffic," according to Boynton Beach police spokeswoman Stephanie Slater.

Barrett then headed against traffic onto the northbound exit ramp to I-95. He then made an illegal U-turn and headed north on the interstate, got off at Gateway Boulevard and headed east. He crashed into a car at the intersection of Gateway Boulevard and Seacrest Boulevard, lost control of the SUV and hit a curb, overturned and struck a fence.

Police charged him with fleeing and eluding, reckless driving, felony habitual, possession of cocaine, possession of paraphernalia and leaving the scene of a crash involving damage. He faces additional charges from Delray Beach police. In addition, Boynton Beach officers wrote 50 more traffic citations alleging speeding, running red lights, improper change of lanes, being a habitual traffic offender, fleeing and eluding and not wearing a seat belt. Police also said they found crack cocaine and a crack pipe in Barrett's blue Dodge Durango.

Barrett, who lives west of Lake Worth, was not injured in Thursday's crash. His booking record can be viewed HERE (great journalism by WFTS-TV, which posted the link to his record).

So blacks complain that their history is under-reported? Well, if they keep making the history, I'll keep reporting it. LOL!

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