A stolen Jaguar being driven recklessly through a Key Largo neighborhood crashed into rocks and a utility pole off mile mariner 99.2 Wednesday night, the Monroe County Sheriff's Office reported.
The accused car thief walked away from the crash at Bahama Avenue and Ocean Bay Drive, leaving an injured passenger behind, deputies say.
Timothy J. Gorman, 34, of Key Largo was arrested on felony charges of car theft and leaving the scene of an accident with injuries, in addition to multiple misdemeanor driving counts. Gorman remained in the county jail Friday in lieu of a $28,500 bond.
Several people told Deputy Vaughn O'Keefe that around 7:40 p.m., the Jaguar was headed north on U.S. 1 when it "turned rapidly off the highway ... [and] continued driving recklessly until it crashed," agency spokeswoman Becky Herrin said. The driver emptied a can of beer on the ground "then took off his shirt and walked away."
The model and age of the Jaguar were not available. Damages initially were estimated at $20,000.
The passenger, who was taken to Mariners Hospital for "chest pains," identified the driver.
O'Keefe found the car's owner, who was unaware that her car had been stolen. Gorman apparently used a spare set of keys taken from the owner's truck.
The car's owner directed the deputy to Gorman's nearby apartment. The defendant was bleeding from facial injuries when he opened the door, O'Keefe reported. Gorman "made a statement that he should not have been driving and his actions had been 'stupid,' " Herrin said.
Gorman additionally was charged with car burglary, driving on a suspended license and reckless driving.