2-county chase ends on the island

A relentless law enforcement pursuit of a risky driver resulted in an arrest Feb. 21.

A 31-year-old Bradenton man was observed by a Manatee County Sheriff’s Office deputy operating a motorcycle in Bradenton in a dangerous manner.

The deputy attempted to initiate a traffic stop, which launched a two-county police chase that ended in the city of Anna Maria in the early morning hours of Feb. 21.

According to a police report, Brian Casey fled from the deputy south into Sarasota County and then headed west to Longboat Key. The chase was temporarily suspended due to safety concerns — Casey’s speed was recorded to be 120 mph on the long straightaway of Gulf of Mexico Drive on LBK.

Law enforcement officers from multiple agencies backed off the high-speed chase, but continued to pursue Casey, traveling toward Anna Maria Island.

The report said Casey crashed his motorcycle near Coconut Avenue and Los Cedros Drive. A Bradenton Beach police officer spotted Casey and chased after him, but he eluded the officer by jumping into a nearby canal.

A Manatee County sheriff’s helicopter was dispatched to the island and located Casey allegedly attempting to get into a home in the 100 block of Crescent Avenue, where he was taken into custody.

Casey complained of injuries and was taken to Blake Medical Center in Bradenton for treatment. He was released from hospital care and delivered into the custody of the MCSO.

Casey was booked into the Manatee County jail on misdemeanor charges of leaving the scene of a crash with property damage, operating a motorcycle without a license, reckless driving and resisting arrest without violence.

Casey also was charged with felony burglary for allegedly attempting to break into the occupied home on Crescent Avenue in a further attempt to elude law enforcement.

He was held on $8,360 bond and on Feb. 28 was charged with a probation violation. He posted bond the following day and was released.

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