KEY LARGO — A 22-year-old Mankato, Minnesota, man was arrested last week after allegedly fleeing from deputies, who say they later found drugs and ammunition in the suspect’s vehicle.
Gavin Richard Hill was charged with fleeing and eluding, leaving the scene of a crash with property damage, driving with suspended license, possession of marijuana with intent to sell, possession drug paraphernalia, possession of ammunition by a felon, possession of marijuana vape oil, resisting arrest and theft of a motor vehicle.
Deputy Cristian Santos attempted to stop a Toyota Corolla at approximately 7:20 p.m. Monday, Sept. 6, for expired tags as well as witnessing the driver, later identified as Hill, texting and driving, according to the Monroe County Sheriff's Office. Hill took off as the deputy was exiting his patrol vehicle, turning onto Ocean Bay Drive and back onto U.S. 1 northbound, passing vehicles on the shoulder, reports say.
Deputy Corbin Hradecky successfully employed tire spikes at mile marker 101. The Toyota continued northbound in the southbound lane before crashing into a Jeep attempting to turn into Alfredo’s Cookhouse. Hill attempted to flee on foot but was cornered and surrendered at the scene at gunpoint, reports say.
Deputies found 18 rounds of 9mm ammunition inside the car, as well as 13.9 grams of marijuana, multiple bags used to sell narcotics, a THC vape pen cartridge and two cellphones, one of which was live-streaming on Instagram, reports say.
The owner of the Toyota was reached by phone and stated he had been renting the car to Hill, who quit paying him and told him he wasn’t returning the car, reports say.
Hill has an extensive criminal history, with multiple prior fleeing and eluding offenses and multiple prior motor theft offenses spanning multiple states.
Hill was taken to jail, where he was being held on $300,000 bond.