Thomas H. Eagan of Plantation, Florida was arrested Friday after he fled police in his vehicle, driving the wrong way on the highway and injuring an officer and at least one civilian in the process, news sources report. An officer who was dragged a short distance by Eagen’s vehicle sustained minor injuries, while a passenger on a motorcycle that Eagen allegedly crashed into on the highway sustained serious injuries and was taken to a trauma center. Eagan, 39, was booked into police custody on charges of grand theft auto, fleeing and eluding, and aggravated battery on a law enforcement officer. It is unclear whether he qualified for bail. Reports did not specify a defense attorney for Eagan.
According to reports, the whole thing began at around 5:00 Friday morning at a parking lot at 17021 Northwest 27th Avenue, in Miami Gardens. An officer ran the plate number of the car Eagan was driving and discovered the car had been stolen, sources say. The officer and Eagan apparently engaged in conversation, but somehow a fight ensued and Eagan got back into his car and fled. The officer somehow got caught on Eagan’s vehicle and was dragged through the lot, sources say. The officer soon came free and was not seriously injured.
Eagan continued to flee and picked up a tail of police vehicles, sources say. Eagan allegedly proceeded northbound on the southbound express lane of Interstate 95 in order to shake off the police. Officers were forced to call of the pursuit, as it against police procedure to follow a suspect onto the opposing lanes of an expressway; doing so puts the suspect and the other drivers’ lives at risk.
As Eagan drove on the opposing lanes, he was involved in a collision with a motorcyclist. “[Eagan’s] vehicle, which was traveling northbound in the southbound lanes of I-95, collided with a motorcycle. The passenger of the motorcycle sustained critical injuries and was taken to the trauma center,” a Florida Highway Patrol spokesperson said. Information regarding the motorcyclist or the passenger’s identity was not immediately available following the incident; an update on his or her condition was not available at press time. It is not clear whether the motorcyclist was injured.
Eagan’s pursuit continued to the intersection of Northwest 13th Avenue and Northwest 135th Street. There, the chase ended and Eagan was arrested by the Miami-Dade County Police. It is unclear whether he was injured in the pursuit.
Some forms of crime are not as injurious, though still bizarre. St. Augustine resident Beau James Baker was arrested for allegedly leaving offensive notes and a variety of random objects in his elderly neighbor’s mailbox for nearly a year, sources report. Baker, 29, was booked into police custody on charges stemming from the incident. It is unclear whether he qualified for bail or hired legal representation.
According to reports, the incident occurred at the elderly couple’s home in St. Augustine. For the last year or so, the couple reportedly found trash, weeds, rocks, and “profane” notes in their mailbox. Suspecting the unwanted mail was the work of naughty neighborhood kids, the couple set up a surveillance camera. The camera reportedly captured Baker placing the objects and notes in the mailbox. Baker apparently said he thought his neighbors “lived boring lives” during his arrest.