Driver with history of suspensions leads officer on chase

Published: Monday, August 1, 2011 at 10:29 a.m.
Last Modified: Monday, August 1, 2011 at 10:29 a.m.

A man whose driver’s license has been suspended nine times over the past 25 years was picked up again early Saturday morning after a chase in Cedar Key.

Daniel A. Smith, 48, was charged with fleeing and eluding, driving while license suspended or revoked, DUI for the third time in 10 years and resisting arrest, according to the Cedar Key Police Department.

Smith lives on Deer Island, a privately owned island off the Levy County coastline, where he is employed as the caretaker.

Officer Michael Cosseboom said he first spotted Smith at 1:29 a.m. Saturday making an unusually wide turn onto Second Street.

Smith apparently spotted Cosseboom behind him and began winding his way through the residential neighborhood alongside State Road 24.

Cosseboom said Smith would speed up after every turn until he lost control of his vehicle on E Street and hit the garbage containers in front of Wells Woodworks.

Smith jumped out of his car and led Cosseboom on a foot chase that ended in the bushes at Annie’s, a restaurant on SR 24.

Chief Virgil Sandlin said Smith refused to provide a breath sample for a DUI test.

Sandlin also said that Smith’s first license suspension happened in 1986 when he was convicted of DUI.

Since then, Sandlin said, Smith’s license has been suspended nine times and Smith was declared a habitual traffic offender in 2002, 2005 and 2006. Under state law, the designation carries an automatic five-year license suspension.

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