Speeding Crackdown

That man refused to stop for two troopers. Little did he know he was being tracked by a plane high above the highway. We're in the car going more than 100 miles an hour as a red sedan refuses to pull over and flees not one but two troopers.

"It could be a foolish thing, a minor thing or it could be a drug dealer or someone who's committed a crime," said LT John Bagnardi.

A plane used to track speeding cars keeps tabs on the car and leads us down a dead end road where Andrew Booker and his girlfriend are handcuffed. It turns out there's a warrant out for Andrew's arrest. He's wanted on cocaine charges.

"There are two active warrants; one for dealing cocaine, dangerous drugs and another for violation of probation. So he was trying to escape those warrants?"

The pair was driving a rental car, though neither one's name was on the lease deal. A search of their car turned up nothing illegal.

"I wouldn't say it's unusual, you get 'em from time to time. It just goes to show you always have to be prepared for anything that could happen at a traffic stop," said John Newland.

Booker was taken to jail; his girlfriend set free. A pilot high above it all was the one who tracked the red sedan and helped officers find and arrest the man who would not stop.

Troopers say without the plane above radioing directions they never would have been able to catch Booker. A quick check of court records shows he's been arrested for fleeing the cops before at least twice. That arrest came just as a special strike forces began flagging speeders on Interstate 10.

In less than three hours the officers stopped 56 people for speeding. A pilot high above the interstate clocks the cars as they cover a quarter mile stretch of road and then radioed
car descriptions to the officers waiting below.

This task force includes FHP troopers, Tallahassee police officers, Leon County sheriff's deputies and officers with the Department of Transportation.

The crackdown continues Tuesday.


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