Crime

Charges dropped against two Keys deputies

The Miami-Dade State Attorney's Office dropped charges against two Monroe County Sheriff's Office deputies in what the Florida Highway Patrol described in 2013 as a road-rage incident.

Deputies Darnell Durham, 37, and Kyle Page, 44, were cited by FHP troopers on Feb. 18, 2013. They faced misdemeanor criminal mischief and reckless driving charges.

The deputies, off duty at the time, were southbound driving their private sport motorcycles on the 18-Mile Stretch when the incident happened. The Stretch connects the mainland with the Keys.

Durham and Page were accused of speeding down the paved shoulder of U.S. 1, a no-passing zone, at speeds estimated at 70 to 80 mph, and becoming involved in a chase with a white pickup truck, the driver of which Durham accused of cutting him off.

The truck driver refused to stop, saying the motorcyclists appeared "angry" and could not be identified as law officers.

Durham additionally faced a misdemeanor vandalism charge. The truck driver accused him of kicking the pickup's door when the driver would not stop.

During the 6 p.m. incident, several other drivers called to report the motorcyclists speeding and passing on the shoulder, FHP accounts say.

Page and Durham, both Homestead residents, entered not-guilty pleas. Both men were suspended, but are now back on duty, said Sheriff's Office spokeswoman Deputy Becky Herrin.

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