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Attempt to elude police lands Bradenton man in jail

By Mark Young, Islander Reporter

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A 28-year-old Bradenton man faces a felony attempting to elude law enforcement charge after trying to escape a March 16 traffic stop on a motorcycle.

According to the probable cause affidavit, a Holmes Beach police officer initiated a traffic stop on Joel Freed while he was riding a motorcycle in the 2900 block of Avenue C.

Freed ignored the lights and sirens behind him and allegedly increased speed while driving in and out of heavy traffic.

The officer reported speeds never went in excess of 50 mph, however.

Additional law enforcement units were contacted and managed to contain Freed, who eventually stopped the motorcycle and surrendered.

According to the report, Freed does not have a motorcycle endorsed driver’s license.

He was charged with misdemeanor operating a motorcycle without a license and felony attempting to elude law enforcement.

Freed allegedly admitted to police that he was attempting to get away.

He was booked into the Manatee County jail on $1,620 bond. He was scheduled to be arraigned at 9 a.m. Friday, April 12, at the Manatee County Judicial Center, 1051 Manatee Ave. W., Bradenton.

According to jail records, Freed posted bond March 17 and was released. Court records indicate a list of troubles with the law dating back to 2005.

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