Boca Raton motorcyclist cited for fleeing deputies at 100 mph, crashing into car

A 24-year-old motorcyclist was cited after fleeing deputies at 100 mph before crashing into a car on U.S. 1, the Monroe County Sheriff's Office said.

Bruno Roche Melo, of Boca Raton, was cited for driving an unregistered motorcycle and fleeing and eluding.

Everything began Sunday morning at 10:33 a.m. when Sgt. James Hager saw three motorcycles speeding south on U.S. 1 at Mile Marker 94, according to the sheriff's office. Hager couldn't conduct a traffic stop because he was outside his patrol vehicle, so he alerted other deputies via radio.

Another deputy saw the motorcycles, which were now only two, speeding by Mile Marker 93, the sheriff's office said. The motorcycles ran a red light at Ocean Boulevard and wouldn't stop. Deputies stopped the pursuit because of safety concerns.

The motorcyclists continued to speed on and passed cars using the center turn lane and shoulder.

Hager saw both motorcycles again just before noon, this time heading north, at Mile Marker 105, according to the sheriff's office. Hager got behind both motorcycles and realized neither of them had proper tags.

When Hager tried to stop them, one of the motorcyclists fled, the sheriff's office said. The other, a 2007 Suzuki, slowed and began to pull over before fleeing, reaching speeds of 100 mph. Hager saw the Suzuki crash into the back of a car.

Melo was taken to Mariners Hospital with cuts and bruises, according to the sheriff's office. He has no life-threatening injuries.

He said he didn't want to flee, but did it because his friend in the other motorcycle did.