Driver speeds past troop­ers, lead­ing to chase, drug ar­rest

South Florida Sun-Sentinel (Sunday) - - Local - By Wayne K. Rous­tan

If he had sim­ply moved over as he passed two Flor­ida High­way Pa­trol cars parked on the shoul­der of Flor­ida’s Turn­pike, Don­tate Snell might not be in jail.

It was that vi­o­la­tion of the state’s Move Over law that caught the troop­ers’ at­ten­tion, in­ves­ti­ga­tors said. And it was the en­su­ing fight with a trooper and seizure of mar­i­juana, co­caine and heroin that landed him in real trou­ble.

Ac­cord­ing to the ar­rest re­port, Snell, 33, of Fort Laud­erdale, was driv­ing in the right lane on the turn­pike, near At­lantic Boule­vard in Pom­pano Beach shortly be­fore noon Mon­day when he passed two pa­trol cars work­ing a traf­fic stop, their emer­gency lights flash­ing.

Upon see­ing Snell vi­o­late the Move Over law, Trooper John Greisheimer pulled onto the road and pur­sued his gray Hyundai Elantra, which had Al­abama li­cense plates.

Snell pulled over and got out of the car, which con­tin­ued to roll down the road scrap­ing along the guardrail. Snell jumped over the

guardrail and ran down the em­bank­ment ig­nor­ing the trooper’s or­der to stop.

Greisheimer ran af­ter Snell and caught him near a barbed-wire fence. The two wres­tled un­til the trooper was able to hand­cuff Snell and call for backup on the ra­dio.

Notic­ing that Snell was bleed­ing from his mouth, Greisheimer asked if he had AIDS or HIV. Snell said yes.

Snell was taken to Broward Health Med­i­cal Cen­ter for treat­ment and test­ing. He was later trans­ferred to the Broward County Jail.

Mean­while, Trooper Misael Diaz ar­rived at the scene and used his pa­trol car to stop the run­away Hyundai be­fore it reached the toll plaza.

A search of the dam­aged car turned up a back­pack on the front pas­sen­ger seat. In­side was mar­i­juana, co­caine, heroin, and var­i­ous drug para­pher­na­lia.

Records showed Snell’s driver’s li­cense had been re­voked in 2012 and he had been ruled a ha­bit­ual traf­fic of­fender. He also had an out­stand­ing ar­rest war­rant is­sued in Broward County.

Snell is be­ing held with­out bond on 14 charges that in­clude drug posses­sion with in­tent to sell, re­sist­ing ar­rest, and bat­tery on a law en­force­ment of­fi­cer, jail records showed.

He was also tick­eted for fail­ing to move over when driv­ing past emer­gency ve­hi­cles.

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