By: Sharon Aron Baron
A man who was pulled over by Coral Springs police for speeding, decided to try his luck fleeing on foot rather than risk facing the charges of driving with a suspended license.
On Monday morning, while Coral Springs Police Officer Eric Schuster was conducting speed enforcement along Ramblewood Drive, he observed a white vehicle heading westbound in the left through lane that he visually estimated traveling 38 – 39mph in a 25mph zone. He then activated his radar unit which confirmed a read-out of 38mph. After stepping off the median and into the left through lane, he waved the vehicle over to the right shoulder. The vehicle slowed down and went into the right lane, however, the vehicle didn’t appear as if it was going to stop. Schuster yelled out, “Stop!” But the vehicle accelerated away from him eventually turning onto NW 16th Street.
Schuster called dispatch and stayed where he was since he had a visual vantage point covering both entrances and exits of the neighborhood where the vehicle fled into. The suspect was described as a black male with dreadlocks. He was notified that the vehicle had pulled into the driveway of a home in the Maplewood community and the driver had fled from the vehicle.
Phone calls began coming in to the Coral Springs Dispatch Center that the subject matching the same description was running west through several backyards. Officer Liss observed the subject in the area of the 10300 Block of NW 15 Street and attempted to give chase. She lost sight of him and Officer Murray observed him, chasing from the area where Liss last saw him. The suspect ran westbound across Coral Springs Drive and then entered the canal west of NW 105 Lane, swimming across the canal, and then exiting to the rear of the residences into Cypress Run community.
Officer Escarpita was driving past the 1700 block of NW 107 Drive when she was flagged down by the owner of the residence who told her that the suspect entered their backyard and attempted to enter the screened-in rear patio by shaking and pulling on the locked screen door. The homeowners asked the suspect, “What do you want?” He then fled from the backyard. The homeowner described the suspect as a black male wearing a red shirt, jeans, no shoes, with dreadlocks pulled back into a ponytail.
The suspect was eventually found inside a residence at the 10700 block of NW 18 Court where he had entered through an unlocked rear slider and was hiding in a guest bedroom closet. He was identified as Randolph Donovan, 30, of Fort Lauderdale, and a background check showed 19 suspensions on his license. During an inventory of his vehicle, police found a clear plastic bag with .5 grams of marijuana.
He was booked and charged with occupied residential burglary, habitual driving while his license was suspended or revoked, failure to obey a law enforcement officer, possession of cannabis and unlawful speed. He is being held at the main jail.