Man accused of driving through Port Everglades checkpoint, taking down fence

Gregory Roundtree, 25, arrested after jumping in water, deputies say

By Amanda Batchelor - Senior Digital Editor

PORT EVERGLADES, Fla. - A South Florida man is accused of driving his car through a checkpoint at Port Everglades over the weekend and taking down a fence. 

According to an arrest report, Gregory Roundtree, 25, of Hallandale Beach, pulled up to a checkpoint on Eller Drive in his 2009 Nissan Murano and spoke with a deputy.

The Broward Sheriff's Office deputy said Roundtree was not communicating in a coherent manner and was possibly impaired, so the deputy requested a backup officer.

Deputies said Roundtree suddenly ran through the lowered checkpoint arm without authorization.
Authorities said another deputy spotted Roundtree running through a red light in his SUV at Southeast 19th Avenue and Eller Drive, just east of the checkpoint.

Deputies said Roundtree refused to pull over after the deputy activated his lights and siren in an attempt to conduct a traffic stop.

According to the arrest report, Roundtree sped up as he continued heading east on Eller Drive and drove his vehicle through a construction site fence once he got to a dead end.

Deputies said Roundtree then drove through another section of the fence in an attempt to get away from authorities, causing about $2,000 in damage.

Authorities said Roundtree rammed a closed, guarded gate while driving along a dock where workers were present, causing the entire length of the fence to get attached to the front of the suspect's SUV.

The estimated damage to the gate is $10,000, the arrest report stated. 

Deputies said Roundtree eventually stopped his vehicle, but jumped into the water.

He was eventually helped out of the water by deputies.

Roundtree was arrested on multiple charges, including causing property damage, resisting an officer without violence, trespassing, fleeing and eluding police, driving with a suspended license and disobeying a red light.

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