Crime

Speeding biker halted when motorcycle stalls in parking lot

A Key Largo man who rode his motorcycle through a stop sign Tuesday now faces felony charges for cocaine possession and speeding away from officers, the Monroe County Sheriff's Office reports.

Ilias Agelis, 24, tried to escape by speeding away from deputies and cutting through the parking lot of the Waffle House at mile marker 100.3, officers reported.

When booked into the county jail, Agelis was found to be carrying six small packages of cocaine in his wallet, according to the arrest report.

Sgt. Jason Madnick was on patrol at 1:30 a.m. when he saw a motorcycle pull out of Kay Drive without stopping, then race away in the northbound lanes. Deputy Derek Veliz spotted the bike and signaled the operator to stop. But Agelis reportedly tried to evade the officers, eventually riding through the Waffle House parking lot into the adjacent Centennial Bank lot.

Agelis was arrested when the motorcycle stalled. "Agelis appeared to be impaired and admitted drinking alcohol," the arrest reports says. At press time Tuesday, he remained jailed under a $10,000 bond.

Felony counts filed were fleeing from officers, possession of cocaine with the intent to distribute and bringing drugs into jail.

A list of misdemeanor and traffic violations lodged include reckless driving, driving under the influence, improper passing, running a stop sign and failure to have registration, required eyewear, brake lights and proof of insurance.

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