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Tavernier man hides in bushes after speeding past deputies in truck

Deputies say Phillip Bryan increased speed during attempt at traffic stop

Phillip Bryan is accused of hiding in some bushes after speeding past deputies and refusing to stop.
Phillip Bryan is accused of hiding in some bushes after speeding past deputies and refusing to stop.

TAVERNIER, Fla. – A Tavernier man is in jail after he fled from deputies at speeds up to 60 miles over the speed limit and then hid in some bushes to avoid arrest, according to the Monroe County Sheriff's Office.

Sgt. Jason Madnick was at mile marker 105 early Sunday morning when a truck sped past him at 106 mph in a 45 mph zone, sheriff's spokeswoman Becky Herrin said.

Herrin said that as Madnick attempted a traffic stop, the truck increased its speed, so Madnick called for backup.

The truck turned into a subdivision, where deputies found it parked at the end of Gulfstream Drive with its engine off, the windows rolled down and the keys in the ignition.

Deputies searched the area and found Phillip Bryan, 23, hiding in some bushes nearby, Herrin said.

Bryan was arrested on charges of fleeing and eluding police. He also received a citation for driving 61 mph over the posted speed limit.

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