• Suspect blazes through Cape Canaveral, Port Canaveral during high-speed chase, deputies say

    By: Melonie Holt , Mark Boxley

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    BREVARD COUNTY, Fla. - A 21-year-old man already wanted on an outstanding felony warrant was facing new charges Wednesday after leading deputies through Cape Canaveral and Port Canaveral at speeds topping 100 mph, officials said.

    The pursuit started Wednesday when a Brevard County Sheriff’s Office deputy noticed a suspicious vehicle on Astronaut Boulevard, investigators said.

    The owner of the van, later identified as Tyler Styers, had an active warrant for his arrest, the Sheriff's Office said.

    As the deputy who conducted the traffic stop returned to his vehicle, Styers allegedly drove away at a high rate of speed.

    At one point, he left the roadway and continued into a neighborhood to avoid pursuing deputies, investigators said.

    Styers allegedly hid the van behind a residence and drove off again when deputies on foot got too closed, the Sheriff’s Office said.

    “The deputies had to jump out of the way so they wouldn’t be hit,” Sheriff’s Office spokesman Tod Goodyear said.

    Eventually Styers reached Cruise Terminal 8 and was boxed in by deputies, the Sheriff’s Office said.

    He rammed a closed gate and crashed into a patrol vehicle before being taken into custody after a brief foot chase, deputies said.

    Styers was charged with aggravated assault on a law enforcement officer, fleeing and evading at a high speed, possession of drug paraphernalia, resisting arrest, reckless driving and knowingly driving with a suspended license.

    He was being held at the Brevard County Jail in lieu of bonds totaling $77,500.

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