The Florida Highway Patrol was conducting traffic stops in Bradenton looking for speeders but what they ended up with was an arrest for drug trafficking. The Florida Highway Patrol was running radar in Manatee County when they attempted to stop a car driving 38 MPH in a 25 MPH zone. The driver decided not to stop and that led to a police chase and numerous charges.
The car, a white sedan, was driven by Clinton Kevin Benjamin Josey, Jr. The Bradenton man was motioned to pull over where he was set to be issued a radar speeding ticket by the FHP. He decided he wasn’t going to stop. That led troopers to begin a pursuit through the streets of Manatee County. During the chase Josey ran a stop sign and then proceeded to collide into two cars. One of the vehicles he hit was an SUV that overturned due to the crash. The driver was taken to the hospital.
Once Josey finally came to a stop the 27-year-old refused to show officers his hands and was then instructed to leave the car at gunpoint. Once arrested, Josey was taken to Lakewood Ranch Medicl Center in a neck brace. He is facing charges of cocaine trafficking, fleeing to elude and he is a habitual traffic offender as well. Troopers also cited Josey for speeding and running a stop sign. His record includes prior arrests on other drug charges and domestic violence.
The Manatee County Sheriff’s department had to close down 34th Street West as they investigated the chase. There was no information in the Brandenton.com story if the chase was classified as a “high-speed” chase putting other drivers at risk. Considering two cars were hit during the pursuit and one driver injured, there is a good chance that the question will be raised.